The Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) is a registered charity and is the legacy of Steve Prescott MBE who passed away in November 2013. Steve played for St Helens, Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and was a Great Britain and Ireland international. Steve was diagnosed with a rare abdominal cancer, pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) in 2006 and formed the SPF in 2007 to raise funds for and awareness of the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and The Christie in Manchester.
Steve undertook many physically and mentally exhausting challenges during his illness to raise funds and awareness of the charities close to his heart. This was rewarded in 2010 when he received a MBE for his services to charity.
In October 2013 he underwent the world’s first multi visceral transplant of the small bowel, pancreas, duodenum and abdominal wall at the Oxford Transplant Unit and although this procedure eradicated the cancer, Steve passed away a few weeks later due to a graft versus host disease where his antibodies rejected the donors. This is a million to one chance; hence his hugely successful autobiography was called “One in a Million”.
Steve Prescott continues to inspire a generation and in 2014 the RFL honoured his contribution to rugby league by naming the most prestigious individual honour in Rugby League for the player who makes the biggest impact on the Super League as the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.
In 2015 the SPF announced the creation of the SPF Special Causes Fund. This will allow those hospitals, researchers and surgeons who deal in Psuedomyxoma related conditions and multi visceral transplantation to apply for grants to the Trustees of the SPF who will ensure that the money allocated will have a direct and significant effect on people’s lives. Already five other PMP patients have benefitted from the lessons learned from Steve’s transplant operation and are a testimony to Steve’s sacrifice. The five people are now living a relatively normal life.
Precky continues to be a source of inspiration to so many people. This includes the party of 38 volunteers who climbed to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in 2015 and are officially in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the highest altitude game of rugby league.
In 2016 the SPF reached the fantastic Million Pound Milestone of donations to its chosen charities.
An example of how the SPF really does a make a difference to people’s lives was highlighted recently when a £80,000 donation from the SPF to the Rugby League Benevolent Fund allowed former amateur rugby league player Luke Bryan to move into a specially adapted home in Haydock. Luke was paralysed from the neck down following a devastating injury in 1996 while playing for Haydock under 18s. Luke says his new home will give him the independence he craves and a new lease of life.
Recently the SPF took on the Spectrum Everest Base Camp Challenge. The 41 strong party includes Steve’s wife Linzi and their 15 year old son Taylor and former Rugby League stars Barrie McDermott, Lee Briers, Ade Gardner, Neil Harmon, Alan Hunte, Chico Jackson and Mike Wainwright.
ITV’s Emmerdale actor Michael Parr, aka bad boy Ross Barton, who hails from St Helens, has also shown his ongoing commitment to the SPF by signing up to join the Everest Challenge. The trek is considered strenuous and will be a test of fitness, stamina and determination for all the climbers in the true spirit of Steve Prescott.
Annual SPF challenges include the St Helens 10k in March and the St Helens Triathlon in September as well as the Pride of St Helens Awards in association with the St Helens Star each November.
2017 sees the 10 year anniversary of the formation of the SPF.
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More information including other events can be found on the Steve Prescott Website.