Over £20k raised in memory of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones
The Rugby League Benevolent Fund fundraising to support the family of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones has surpassed its target goal by 2000%.
A fundraising page was set up on JustGiving 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 an air ambulance was called where he was taken to the Royal Free Hospital.
He died of a suspected cardiac arrest at the hospital.
Ralph Rimmer, RFL Chief Operating Officer, said: “It is always devastating when someone so young dies in these circumstances. Danny was a popular and talented Rugby League player, having played at the highest level with the Wales National team and playing over 12 seasons for Keighley Cougars and Halifax.
“The Rugby League community will mourn his loss and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Danny’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time. The family, friends and team mates of Danny are currently and will continue to be supported by the RFL Benevolent Fund and Sporting Chance.
“We would ask that the privacy of the Jones family, players and Keighley Cougars staff be respected.”
The sport’s Benevolent Fund had started its fundraising mission to aid Danny’s family and within 24-hours, over £20,000 was raised.
Danny won 12 caps for Wales, and spent his club career with Keighley and hometown club Halifax.
He had also represented Wales in the 2013 World Cup, facing the Cook Islands in Neath.