Jersey Day in Keighley Market to raise money for the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund

Article dated Friday Aug 18, 2017 at 12:55 PM

The Rugby Football League has announced that Friday 25 August will officially be known as Jersey Day. To mark this special national day, rugby league fans are being asked to wear a rugby league shirt and raise funds for the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund.

Traders at Keighley’s Market Hall are getting in on the action by encouraging their customers to wear a rugby league shirt on the day.

Anyone wearing a rugby league shirt in the Bradford Council-run market hall on Friday 25 August will get a free cup of tea or coffee and will be entered in to a prize draw to win two season tickets for Keighley Cougars for the 2018 season. They will also get the chance to win a commemorative Danny Jones charity shirt, which has been donated by local Keighley company Bryant Plastics.

The draw will be made at 11am on  Saturday 26 August at Keighley Market Hall.

Shoppers can make donations to the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund at special collection buckets in the market or online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danny-jones-defibrillator-fund

Jersey Day is the idea of lifelong rugby league fan Graham Berry, who has been working alongside the Rugby Football League to create the sport’s own version of dress-down Friday.

Jersey Day also has the backing of Leeds Rhinos forward and former international player Jamie Jones-Buchanan, former Great Britain and St Helens player Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Lizzie Jones.

Lizzie Jones, whose husband Danny Jones, a Keighley Cougars player and Welsh international, tragically died following a cardiac arrest in 2015 during a game against London Skolars. She is now campaigning to raise funds to purchase defibrillators which can be placed in rugby league clubs and public places.

A special Danny Jones charity jersey has been made to represent his club (Keighley Cougars), country (Wales), number (6) and to celebrate Jersey Day. The shirt can be purchased at www.rugbystreet.org.uk with all proceeds going to the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “Jersey Day is a great idea for people celebrate the sport of rugby league whilst raising money for this fantastic cause.”

Fans wanting to make a donation to the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund on Jersey Day can do so via the www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danny-jones-defibrillator-fund

People can follow events around the country on twitter with the hashtag #JerseyDay

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