Stars return to Waterhead for Danny Jones fundraiser

RUGBY League legends Kevin Sinfield, Paul Sculthorpe and Barrie McDermott went back to where their playing days began for a charity sevens tournament.

Paul Sculthorpe, Barrie McDermott and Kevin Sinfield at the Waterhead charity sevens tournament

They were at Waterhead Warriors for the event that raised about £2,500 for the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund, which was set up in Danny’s memory afterhe collapsed and died of an undiagnosed heart condition while playing for Keighley Cougars in 2015.

The charity set out to provide defibrillators for all amateur rugby clubs in the National Conference League and also help fund screenings to identify underlying heart conditions.

Waterhead first-team coach Jon Perks revealed how they may have already saved a life after a first heart screening day at the club.

Jon said: “We screened around 100 people and as a result Kieron Brown, our U7s coach, was found to have a problem and was referred to hospital.

“It’s already proved to be worthwhile and potentially life-saving, and that is what it is all about.”

The screening at Waterhead cost £6,000. The Danny Jones fund contributed £2,000 with the remainder raised by the club, most of which came from a sponsored Three Peaks Challenge of climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon within 48 hours.

Former players McDermott and Terry O’Connor were among those screened.

The sevens tournaments attracted 10 teams with Siddal ARLFC emerging the winners.

There was a charity match last year between McDermott’s team of the 1980s and Sinfield’s of the 1990s.

But for ex-St Helens and Great Britain international Sculthorpe, he revealed the last time he pulled on a Waterhead shirt was as an U15 player.

Rugby-League.com named Waterhead Warriors as its club of the week for staging the event.

 

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