Sporting Soprano Lizzie Jones celebrates 70 years of the NHS

‘Sporting Soprano’ Lizzie Jones has been helping to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday on Thursday (5 July), by taking part in a vintage photoshoot and interview for a special edition of NHS Leeds CCG’s magazine.

Lizzie Jones ©Victor de Jesus.

 

Lizzie, who most recently sang for the England vs. Costa Rica warm up match at Elland Road, spoke about the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund, which she set up after her husband, professional rugby league player Danny Jones (Welsh International, Halifax / Keighley Cougars Rugby League), died following a cardiac arrest during a rugby game. Danny had undetected heredity heart disease. Since then Lizzie has successfully campaigned to make screening mandatory at rugby league competitions and fundraised over £80,000 to provide defibrillators for community sports clubs all over the country.

During her interview, Lizzie also spoke about why she loves the NHS. She said, “When I was in hospital for two weeks with the twins, the staff were incredible. Being a mum, I love the NHS because I know that if the worst possible thing happened, and if we need it, it’s there and it’s available. I think we all need to realise how precious (the NHS) is.

“I’m very proud that the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund works alongside the NHS to teach first aid to children in secondary schools and hopefully helping the NHS by teaching children and changing the future if we can.”

Philomena Corrigan, Chief Executive at NHS Leeds CCG said: “We are really pleased that Lizzie is celebrating 70 years of the NHS with us. The birthday is a great opportunity to reflect on the past 70 years and how we can support the NHS for its future.

“As individuals we can all play our part by looking after ourselves and making healthy lifestyle choices. We can also reduce pressure on the NHS by choosing the right service – like choosing to visit a pharmacist for minor illnesses. It’s also a great opportunity to recognise and thank our extraordinary NHS staff.”

You can read Lizzie’s full interview in Engage Magazine https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/publications/engage-magazine-issue-13-july-2018/

Copies of the magazine can be found at your local GP practice, libraries, children centres, health centres and some community centres.

Notes to editors

Engage Magazine

Please note that the Engage Magazine is distributed across Leeds. If you would like to receive a copy please email leedsccg.comms@nhs.net or call 0113 84 35470

NHS 70

For more information about NHS70 visit the website: https://www.nhs70.nhs.uk/

Lizzie Jones

For more information about the Danny Jones Defibrillator fund visit the website: https://www.dannyjonesdefibfund.co.uk/

Lizzie’s photo was taken at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and was made possible by the volunteers at the railway, and local businesses Le Keux Vintage Salon and Sue Ryder Headingley Vintage & Retro shop.

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Issued by the communications team at NHS Leeds CCG. You can contact the team on 0113 84 35528 or 0113 84 35470. Alternatively please email us: leedsccg.comms@nhs.net