Lizzie Jones set to perform at Dacia World Club Challenge
Singer Lizzie Jones will perform at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday ahead of the Dacia World Club Challenge against North Queensland Cowboys.
Jones is spearheading a new campaign to raise funds for equipment that could prove the difference between life and death at Rugby League clubs across the UK.
Lizzie, who reduced a Wembley crowd to tears and moved millions of TV viewers with an emotional performance at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, has today launched the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund named in honour of her late husband.
Danny Jones was a Keighley Cougars and Wales international half-back who collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing against London Skolars last May.
Following his tragic death, Lizzie successfully campaigned for cardiac screening to become mandatory at every Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 club, as it already is in the First Utility Super League..
Now, Lizzie has joined forces with the RFL Benevolent Fund to raise money to create a fund that will provide assistance to hundreds of community clubs and junior teams across the country to purchase a defibrillator.
Defibrillators cost around £1,000 each and provide potentially life-saving treatment to anyone suffering a heart attack.
Lizzie launched the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund with a performance at the Super League fixture, Warrington Wolves v Hull Kingston Rovers at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on St Valentine's Day.
And to kick off the fund in style, Lizzie made a personal donation of £1,000 which she hopes companies, professional clubs and individual clubs will add to in the weeks and months ahead.
She will now perform on the pitch at Headingley Carnegie this Sunday as well as featuring at both of the other World Club Series matches on Friday and Saturday night.
Lizzie commented, “I am really honoured to be singing at all three World Club Series games each one will be a fantastic occasion.
“I’ve never been to any of the games before, I have watched them on television but this will be my first time attending so I’m not only looking forward to singing but also watching the games.
“I’ll be singing ‘I vow to thee my country’ on Friday before the St Helens v Sydney Rooster game, ‘Hallelujah’ on Saturday before the Wigan Warriors v Brisbane Broncos game and then ‘Jerusalem’ at the World Club Challenge on Sunday.
“It’s lovely to perform at all the different stadiums and I am sure the crowd at each of the games will be in good spirits and excited to watch a great Series.”
A number of players took to social media to show their support for Lizzie and her campaign last weekend.
— Ryan Hall (@Ryan5Hall) February 14, 2016