Published On: Thu, May 7th, 2015 on 6:12 pm

Keighley chairman eyes £1m for Danny Jones fund

Keighley Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett is looking to raise £1million for the Danny Jones fundraising fund.

Danny Jones Keighley Cougars

Danny Jones. Image: Keighley Cougars

Fawcett told Sky Sports he was looking to get £250,000 in the fund – which currently stands at over £72,000.

However, in a statement, Fawcett announced he wants to break a £1m milestone.

He said: “Last night, during my interview with Eddie (Hemmings) on Boots n All, I stated an objective of £250k for the fund. Overnight I have thought about it and the fund needs to be over £1m and we should all share this target.”

The Rugby League community has thrown their weight behind the efforts to fundraise, but Fawcett has now called on other sports to play their part.

He said: “As far as I can see the richest sport in the country, Premiership football, has made zero contribution to Danny’s fund. If I’m wrong about this then let me know why and I will publicise it to encourage others to donate.

“On top of this, whereas the Rugby League world has been sharing most of the burden of the fund raising so far, I haven’t seen much in the way of donations from our richer brother, Rugby Union.

“This is an issue that can affect anyone in football and rugby so I believe that these 2 sports, as a minimum and collectively, should be donating significant sums into Danny’s fund.”

The fundraising fund was set up following tragic news of Danny’s passing, when he was taken off four minutes into Sunday’s game at London Skolars.

The 29-year-old collapsed at the side of the field and died of a suspected cardiac arrest in hospital.

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