Singleton Greyhounds coach Jye Bayley praises NSW Blues stars for raising $55,796 for victims of Brittliffe Close tragedy

THE MENTOR: Singleton Greyhounds president and first grade coach Jye Bayley has paid tribute to NSW Blues captain Boyd Cordner after his winning side donated their jerseys to help raise funds for the victims of the Brittliffe Close house fire.
THE MENTOR: Singleton Greyhounds president and first grade coach Jye Bayley has paid tribute to NSW Blues captain Boyd Cordner after his winning side donated their jerseys to help raise funds for the victims of the Brittliffe Close house fire.

SINGLETON Greyhounds president Jye Bayley has praised the efforts of NSW captain Boyd Cordner after the Blues confirmed they would donate their jerseys to help raise funds for the victims of the Brittliffe Close house fire.

"It shows what kind of bloke Boyd Cordner is to do something like that," he said.

The tragedy saw three children killed while their 31-year-old mother Kara Atkins and her eight-year-old daughter Bayley were rescued by neighbours.

By 7.30pm on Sunday, when the auctions for the jerseys came to a close, an additional $55,796 was raised for the family.

So far $261,795 (as of 10.30am on Monday) has also been amassed through a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to help Kara and Bayley rebuild their lives.

"And, the NSW players went over to Blake's teammates after the win so that was pretty special," the Singleton mentor said.

"They'll need continued support through this tough time and that'll go a long way with those kids doing it tough."

Wally Lewis medallist James Tedesco saw his jersey climb from a $1484 bid on the night of NSW's victorious series deciding win to $7575 by 4.30pm on Sunday.

Cordner's jersey was also sold for $4525 with a late bid placed in the auction's closing minutes.