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Gary Speed friend Matt Jones raises cash for Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Matt Jones holds up a flag paying tribute to Gary Speed prior to Wales' home friendly against Costa Rica
Image caption Matt Jones has pledged to raise funds for the rest of the year

A former team-mate of Gary Speed has pledged to raise cash for the cancer charity set up by the late Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson.

Matt Jones, who played with Speed at Leeds United, will run a half marathon around the pitch before Newcastle's game at Swansea City on Saturday.

Mr Jones said he planned to dedicate a year of fundraising to the memory of the former Magpie, who died last year.

Sir Bobby's cancer charity will be one of three good causes to benefit.

Mr Jones is hoping to raise £10,000 before the year is out.

The Wales manager's body was found hanged in the garage at his home near Chester in November.

The coroner at his inquest said he could not be satisfied the 42-year-old former Premier League star had intended to kill himself.

Speed ran the London Marathon in 2010 to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Image caption The body of Gary Speed was found in the garage of his home in November

Mr Jones, from Llanelli, whose career was cut short by back problems, also intends to donate to the Spinal Injuries Association and the John Hartson Foundation. He has already raised more than £4,000.

He has recently completed half marathons ahead of games at Leicester City and Leeds.

Mr Jones said: "I'm dedicating this year to Gary's memory and doing whatever I can to raise money for charity.

"Gary ran the London Marathon for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and I like to think I'm picking up the work he started."

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