A LEADING Welsh performer lent his support to a Rhyl and District Rugby Club fundraising initiative in memory of a leading figure in the club’s development.

Max Boyce, who was playing at the Rhyl Pavilion on Saturday, January 26, made a plea to the crowd regarding the Dragons’ drive to purchase a defibrillator, which will be kept at the new clubhouse on Ty Newydd Road.

The fundraising is taking place in memory of John Hardy, who died suddenly on New Year’s Eve.

The Welsh performer appealed to the audience and thanks to a host of donations following the concert, enough money was raised to purchase the piece of equipment.

A number of people associated with the club have offered to provide training on how to use the defibrillator to club members, staff and people from the wider community.

With further donations still coming in, all surplus money will be put into the fund to build a children’s play area which was started by John’s family at his funeral.

Mr Hardy s widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest ever players and supporters, suffered a heart attack aged 66, but leaves behind a lasting legacy throughout the North Wales region from a rugby development perspective.

He enjoyed a glittering playing career with the Dragons before returning to coach both the senior and junior sides, and he leaves behind wife Sonja and mother Betty.

The stalwart also played a prominent role in the development of RGC 1404 during the initial stages of their inception, working closely with the likes of Rupert Moon and Marc Roberts in ensuring a thriving Academy structure was put in place that has played a huge contributing factor in the Gogs’ meteoric rise to the Principality Premiership and an historic WRU National Cup triumph.