Keighley Cougar's Danny Jones left 5 month old twins when he died of a sudden cardiac arrest during a match in London a few weeks ago. He played the first 4 minutes and asked to be substituted as he was feeling unwell. 6 minutes later he collapsed and, despite all the efforts of the doctors and ambulance service, he died. He was only 29, had recently become only the 5th player to score over 1,000 points for the Cougars and had won the previous match with a last-second drop goal.
The Cougars Chairman has set two objectives for the fund - to provide for Danny's family and to enable the necessary changes in sport to ensure that what happened to Danny will not happen again (for example, better screening). To do this he has set a target of £1m. As I write this letter, the fund stands at just over £182,000. On a recent Radio 5 Live programme, it emerged that, in Italy, all 14 year olds involved in Sport have been tested for over 30 years and the death rate from cardiac arrest has reduced by 90%.
The fund website is https://www.justgiving.com/dannyjones29 and more information is at www.keighleycougars.com.
If you can donate that would be excellent but also could you inform your contacts, the power of social media is quite astonishing.
We were at the game and to watch everything unfold in front of you is something which will live with us for the rest if our lives.
The CPR and regular defibrillation which was undertaken in rotation by the London Skolars and Keighley Cougars staff lasted for almost 1 hour after the spectators were asked to leave 40 minutes after Danny Jones had slumped onto the AstroTurf from the bench.
We have donated and I would urge all other visitors to this site to do so.
A tragic event which we hope will never be repeated again.