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Danny Jones' funeral date set

13th May 2015, 06:10

Danny Jones' funeral date set

Wales half-back Danny Jones will be laid to rest at St Mary's Church in Halifax on Friday, May 22, with the 1200 BST service to be followed by a wake at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC.

Wales half-back Danny Jones will be laid to rest at St Mary's Church in Halifax on Friday, May 22, with the 1200 BST service to be followed by a wake at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC.


"We want people to come in their rugby jerseys and wear bright colours to remember his wonderful fun personality," said Lizzie, who wore a Keighley shirt for last Sunday's League 1 game against Coventry.

 

Jones died, at the age of 29, of a rare heart condition after collapsing during the Cougars' game at London Skolars on Sunday, May 3.

 

Last Sunday's game went ahead at the request of Jones' family and drew a crowd of 4,066, more than four times last season's average, as fans from the across the game flocked to pay their respects.

 

The club are donating a third of the gate receipts from that match to a Just Giving account set up by the Rugby Football League's benevolent fund, which has so far raised more than £113,000.

 

Keighley also announced on Tuesday that they will honour in full the player's contract, with the money going to the fund.

 

Lizzie Jones has requested that all monies raised be put into a special trust fund for their five-month-old twins, Phoebe and Bobby.

 

"We are totally overwhelmed by ordinary people's generosity in supporting us," she said.

 

"These are the most difficult times and our family find great comfort from our wider rugby league family.

 

"Danny loved playing rugby league. Keighley Cougars have been fantastic and we are grateful for the rugby league support which we have received from around the world. Thank you all very much."