The great thing about the Yorkshire Awards, and perhaps because it’s the not-for-profit Yorkshire Society that organises it, is that people chip in.

There is a real sense of community spirit behind and within it.

The latest example is Lizzie Jone MBE. Lizzie will be performing on the night and it is certain to be very moving.

Former ‘Inspirational Woman Of The Year’ for ITV’s Lorraine Kelly show, Lizzie Jones has performed throughout the UK both on stage and on screen, most notably when she sang the traditional hymn ‘Abide With Me’ live at Wembley arena ahead of the 2015 Super League Grand Final, which subsequently reached no. 34 in the UK charts. Lizzie also performed on BBC Sports Personality of the year 2015 as the solo guest singer and closing act singing ‘Danny Boy’ which spent a week at the no.1 spot in the classical charts. She recently Performed at all three World Club Series for the Rugby World Club Challenge on Sky Sports, then the Ladbrokes Rugby League 4 Nations tournament on BBC.

Alongside her musical performances, Lizzie continues to make lots of TV appearances and to work tirelessly on her Charity.

Lizzie’s husband, Welsh International Rugby League player Danny Jones died aged 29 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match in May 2015. Post-mortem results showed that he died of cardiomyopathy, an inherited condition leading to the thickening of the cardiac muscles. Cardiomyopathy can be diagnosed following an echocardiogram screening which was not available to Danny.

Since his death Lizzie has campaigned for all athletes to be screened, resulting in all Rugby League Championship and League 1 players now being offered screenings. She has also recently launched The Danny Jones Fund providing defibrillators for local Rugby and sports clubs on a grant basis. Her efforts have seen her featured on Good Morning Britain, Songs Of Praise, Lorraine Kelly, BBC Great Northern Run, This Morning London, Radio Leeds, The Pulse and Heart Radio as well as numerous, national press publications.

Find out about the Danny Jones Defribulator Fund HERE.

Our thanks go to Lizzie and everyone helping make the Yorkshire Awards the special event it is.

For more information about the Yorkshire Awards please write to contact@theyorkshiresociety.org

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