Fundraiser for charity

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A charity has received a huge boost thanks to the efforts of players and members of Ovenden amateur rugby league club.

Registered charity, Heartbeat Of Sport, who have close ties with the club, received a cheque for £6,000 at a fundraising afternoon at the club.

Ovenden officials arranged the event with former Great Britain captain Paul Sculthorpe and professional compere, Pete Emmett.

Former Halifax RLFC player Tony Tonks and wife Gemma, the driving force behind the charity, had travelled from Wakefield to support the event.

Mr Tonks said: “We came along to present the club with a defibrillator and was told that they would like to make a donation to the charity.

“The total raised though their recent Yorkshire three peaks charity walk and Danfest in memory of former player Danny Jones was unbelievable.

“This will make a huge difference and I really can’t thank them enough”.

Danny’s family have thrown their support around the charity after his tragic passing, becoming ambassadors.

Mr Emmett said: “It was a great afternoon with lots of laughs and a few tears on what was bound to be an emotional day. The people of Ovenden have come together and shown such great community spirit to support not only Danny’s family but his former club where he enjoyed some great times.

“Paul had no hesitation in coming over, it’s fantastic to have the backing of such high profile sportsman.”