The concept of undertaking fund-raising took shape in August 2007, after Steve was Guest of Honour at a Wigan Supporters versus St.Helens Supporters Charity Rugby League match. The game signified the starting point of the Steve Prescott Foundation, with two organisations close to his own heart set to receive the benefits of his own fund-raising activities:
The Christie are the largest single site cancer centre in Europe, treating more than 44,000 patients a year.
The money donated by The Steve Prescott Foundation goes to Pseudomyxoma Research. So far the SPF have donated in excess half a million pounds.
The Christie are also the first UK centre to be officially accredited as a comprehensive cancer centre.
As part of the NHS we provide:
- Radiotherapy, in one of the world's largest radiotherapy departments and at our satellite radiotherapy centres in Oldham and Salford
- Chemotherapy, in the UK's largest chemotherapy unit, as well as via 10 other sites, a mobile chemotherapy unit and in patients’ homes
- Highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer.
- A wide range of support and diagnostic services
The Christie are a national cancer specialist based in Manchester, They serve a population of 3.2 million people across the North West while 26% of our patients are referred to us from across the UK.
They have an annual turnover of £230 million, operating with 2,500 staff, 300 volunteers, 30,000 public members and one of the largest hospital charities in the UK.
They have been delivering world-first breakthroughs for over 100 years
The Christie has been named, by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), as one of the best hospitals providing opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research studies.
The Christie has one of the largest trials portfolios in the UK, with over 550 active clinical trials.
They are part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre working with The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK. We are also one of seven partners in the Manchester Academic Health Science Research Centre.
They have established The Christie School of Oncology to provide undergraduate education, clinical professional and medical education - the first of its kind in the UK.
Find out more about how we're beating cancer through research.
The RFL Benevolent Fund is a charity that provides assistance to players, and the family of players who have suffered life-changing injuries playing Rugby League.
The sport is safer now than at any time in its history but sadly, as with all contact sports, accidents do happen. And when they do, the Benevolent Fund is there to offer lifelong support.
The charity has 20 former players on its full-time register and each year works with around 40 other people who have experienced serious injuries playing the game they love.
In recent years, these have included the families of Ronan Costello, Evan Hawksworth and Danny Jones, who all lose their lives while playing Rugby League, as well as many other players whose journey through the darkest chapters of their lives have been helped by the Benevolent Fund.
Like all charities, the RFL Benevolent Fund is heavily reliant on the fundraising activities of individuals and organisations: for more information on how to donate and details on the work of the charity please visit www.rflbenevolentfund.co.uk
In 2016 the SPF worked alongside the RFL Benevolent Fund and helped long term Benevolent Fund beneficiary Luke Bryan move into a specially adapted bungalow, giving Luke a little more independence and the ability to look out of a window for the first time since his injury.
The Steve Prescott Foundation has donated in excess of half a million pounds to the RFL Benevolent Fund.
The SPF fund allows those hospitals, researchers and surgeons who deal in Pseudomyxoma related conditions and multi visceral transplantation to apply for grants to the Trustees the SPF who will ensure that the money will have a direct and significant effect on people's lives.