• The Strange Thing About Strangers...

    What happens on Snowdon, stays on Snowdon - August 2015

    It’s a funny old thing, bonding. You know, that thing we humans tend to do when perfectly normal strangers are thrust together in abnormal circumstances.
    There we were one minute, saying ‘Hi, my name’s Ange’ and shaking hands, the next we’re holding hands again, this time to haul each other up a mountain. It’s not the only intimacy we will share over the next five hours. But more on that later.
    Snowdon is, arguably, the most user-friendly of the three main UK peaks. Not as high as Ben Nevis, not as unrelenting as Scafell, but possibly twice as busy as both. On the day we climbed, it was shrouded in cloud and windy enough to knock you off balance at times, but still there was a steady stream of walkers, some in T-shirts and trainers. It made us feel snug and smug, with all the gear (but still not much in the way of idea).

    SCHOOLBOY ERROR

    Well, when I say ‘all the gear’...it wasn’t quite. Paddy Caldwell made the schoolboy error of making sure the post-walk beers were packed but neglected to be as careful when it came to ensuring his boots were in the back too. Still, he completed the 7-mile trek in his trainers without a single whinge. Except, perhaps, to suggest that it was his wife Janet’s fault for not checking. His effervescent missus was having none of that. Their light-hearted marital banter can raise a smile in the most trying of climbing circumstances, and I know I’m not the only one who’s delighted they’ll be scaling the big ‘un with us come October. They even brought their nipper Archie on the weekend’s climb, a delightfully cheeky chip off the old block.
    There’s another addition to the team for the Spectrum Kilimanjaro Challenge. My partner Dean Fisher (@arhinoabroad on twitter) is now tagging along for the ride. If Janet’s propensity to provide the gang with all those necessities you never thought you’d need on a long climb (pork pies, tangerines, anti-blister patches) makes her indispensable, then Dean’s genius for the perfectly-timed double entendre make him the light relief, like Sid James with a broad Dewsbury accent.

    NSFW

    But even Dean can seem like Oscar Wilde compared to our resident barber - oops, sorry, men's stylist - Paul Heesom. I’d like to be able to share some of his witticisms with you but I’m afraid every single one is NSFW.
    And then there was Ade Cunliffe, our skipper, who’s pulling the trip together. He’s our safe pair of hands. Well, we thought so until we started to set off for Snowdon. We’d met at Ade’s so we could travel in convoy to Wales, with his wife Rachel in our car, and Ade himself in another.
    “He went to bed the other night and left about five candles burning downstairs,” she confided. We watched and waited as he faffed about, eventually getting in his car to set off on the trip.
    “Look,” said Rachel, as we started to cruise out of the cul de sac. “I told you he would.” Yes, she had predicted it, and so it transpired. He’d left the front door to their house wide open. We still have faith though.

    WET AND WILD

    Along with Jenna Brough, our fitness queen with the 1,000-watt smile and a competitive edge that’d make even Bradley Wiggins look uncommitted, the aforementioned had all climbed together in the Trough of Bowland. For Snowdon we welcomed aboard four relative newbies.
    Mike Ellenthorpe, Ste Gavin, Chris O’Dea, and Richard Heyes (the latter two with their delightful daughters) all joined the gang for the wet and wild trek to the top of Wales, while the rest of the world, it seemed, was bathed in August sunshine.
    The conditions were challenging. Almost from the off, we were enveloped in a foggy drizzle which meant the rocks beneath our feet were slippery as well as steep. (Note to self: must fit in more lunges and squats before October). As we approached the summit we heard from one woman descending that it was so bad at the top they’d suspended the train service and closed the cafe. So no quick way down and no celebratory beer at the top. Never mind.
    We won’t just be climbing Kilimanjaro, we will also be playing a a record-breaking game of rugby league at the top. Oh yes, a proper game of league, with a referee and everything. So we took a ball up Snowdon and half-heartedly chucked it back and to for ten minutes, while other climbers looked on, puzzled. (Note to self: Practise catching a ball. And throwing accurately).

    LONG DRINKING SESSION

    And with that, we were going down, another summit tackled, another day doing something most of us would never have attempted had we not found ourselves signed up for this crazy challenge.
    One of the most fascinating aspects of getting together for training climbs like this is just how much you can learn about people in such a short length of time. It’s like being on a long drinking session - you share so much more about yourself than you’d ever planned (except that with alcohol you tend to forget it all by morning).
    Rather than ‘do you come here often?’, the conversation starter on these climbs is invariably, ‘So, why are doing it?’. Every one speaks of Steve Prescott’s inspiring story, but also of why it has touched and motivated them. There are as many stories as there are climbers; some awesome, some funny, some heartbreaking, every one personal, every one inspirational in their own right.

    FRIENDS FOR LIFE

    It wouldn’t be fair to reveal such personal stories here, but I would one day love to write it all down in a book, not just as a memoir but also to show others how drive and determination can be found in everyone, not just in champions and trophy winners. Some of the stories I have heard climbing up and down these slopes of Great Britain will stay with me forever.
    I hope we’re all making some friends for life too; and yes, that means you Mike ‘Batwing’ Ellenthorpe, Janet ‘Three Coins’ Caldwell and Chris ‘Where’s Me Watch’ O’Dea. Anyone fancy Ben Nevis?

    Meet the whole team here

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    Mike 'Batwing' Ellenthorpe, front, next to Paul 'Not Safe For Work' Heesom
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    Jenna 'Smiler' Brough gets out the selfie stick
     

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    Paddy 'Trainers' Caldwell and Janet 'Three Coins' Caldwell
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    Dean "Sid James' Fisher
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    Ade 'Safe Hands' Cunliffe leads from the front...
  • Alex Long

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  • Kathryn Bell

  • Ian Pitts

  • Danny Radford

  • Allen Crawford

  • Rachel Price

  • Mark Halsey

  • Martin Blondel

  • Dean Fisher

  • Terry Bates

  • Linzi Prescott

  • Michael Simmons

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  • Will Fairhurst

  • Taylor Prescott

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  • Handepay St Helens Triathlon 2018 Cancelled

    Despite concerted efforts by the BeUrBest and the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) organisers to host the 4th Handepay St Helens Triathlon, we are sad to announce the cancellation of the event scheduled for 9th September 2018.

  • Mike Parr

  • Handepay employees tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

    On Saturday 11th August, 15 of Handepay’s brave employees tackled the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for their nominated charity, the Steve Prescott Foundation. The challenge involves linking the three summits of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in a 25 mile walk and completing this in a day.

  • Mike Ellenthorpe

  • BARTONS PICKLES CELEB BOWLS RAISES OVER £7k

    The Bartons Pickles JV Crown Green Bowls Challenge for the Lol Pennington Memorial Cup took place at Ruskin Sports Village on Sunday 12th August.

    The event was an incredible success with over £7000 raised.

  • Robert Mayor

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  • Toshi Wilkins

  • Lee Briers

  • Joel Wood

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  • Olivia Place

  • Sean Perry

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  • Sarah Logan

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  • Arthur Naylor

  • Hayley Russell

  • Jen Brough

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  • Jenna Brough

  • Anthony Horton

  • Tommy Martyn

  • Steve White

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  • Mark Halsey's interview on TalkSport

    Listen to Mark Halsey talking about his upcoming Kilimanjaro Challenge with the SPF

    The internationally-acclaimed website You Are The Ref will literally take football to new heights later this year in aid of The Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF)

    You Are The Ref International (YATR) is delighted to announce sponsorship of the SPF's attempt to secure a place in the Guinness Book of World Records by staging the highest game of football, played – on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The SPF are already Guinness World Record holders having played the highest game of rugby in October 2015

    The game will be refereed by the former Premier League official and YATR Senior Coach Mark Halsey.

    The epic challenge – in mid October - is to be undertaken to raise funds for The Christie Hospital in Manchester, the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and the SPF Special Causes Fund.

    Find out more about the you-are-the-ref.com Sponsor Kilimanjaro Challenge 2017

     

  • Ravenhead Foyer Health Festival in aid of the SPF

    The staff, partner agencies and young people of YPS Foyers, St Helens organised a Health Festival at Langtree Park, St Helens on 23rd July 2015, to celebrate the last 2 years of the highly successful young person’s health promotion programme “Healthy Conversations”. They also raised a grand total of £250 which they have very kindly donated to The Steve Prescott Foundation. The event was supported by the Saints Community Development Foundation.

    Healthy Conversations is a £3.2m project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by the Foyer Federation over the past 2 years to support young people living in sheltered accommodation in being more proactive in their approach to looking after their health.

  • Rachel Jones

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  • Mandraki to Prasonisi Challenge August 2015

    Bradford Bulls fans Ben Moorhouse and Gaynor Thompson created history on the Greek island of Rhodes for The Steve Prescott Foundation by walking from Mandraki to Prasonisi a total of 67 miles in 3 days. They smashed the extreme challenge walk in temperatures  of 40C- 50C by pushing on despite the incredible heat.

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  • Donation of St Helens memorabilia to the SPF

    Barry Davies got in touch with the SPF a few months ago with a really interesting offer.

    Barry wrote, 'I have a collection of some drinks glasses that belonged to my dad Frank Davies. He was many years ago Chairman of the Saints Supporters Club. They were presented to him by the Saints Club after the Wembley Challenge Cup finals of 1960-61 ,1965-66 and 1972. There are also one's from v Australia 1970 /New Zealand 1971/ Australia 1972 and one when Saints played St Gaudinois ( I think). I would be pleased to donate the the glasses to be auctioned and the proceeds given to the Steve Prescott Foundation.'

    Barry now lives in Durham but he visited St Helens recently with his partner Eileen and presented the glasses to Martin Blondel for the SPF at Langtree Park.

    The glasses are real collectors items and are an important part of Saints rich history. It is proposed to display and auction the items at the Pride of St Helens Awards Night on Friday November 13th at Langtree Park.

    Thank you so much to Barry for his extremely kind donation. The glasses are sure to create a lot of interest and raise funds for the SPF.

  • Janet Caldwell

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  • Hercules the Hornet pounds his way to complete the GPW St Helens 10k run

    Hercules the Hornet, the mascot of Rochdale Hornets ran the St. Helens 10k run in March this year with the support of Rammy's girls.

    On the way they managed to raise a fantastic £425 for former Hornet's coach Steve Prescott's Foundation.

    The cheque was presented to Linzi Prescott, wife of Steve Prescott and trustee of the SPF, at the Rochdale Hornets vs North Wales Crusaders game on Sunday 9th August by Dave Ramsbottom. Linzi was accompanied by her sons Taylor and Kobi.

    Congratulations to Hercules and his helpers for completing the 10k run and thank you for choosing the SPF for your donation. Thank you to everyone at Rochdale Hornets for their continued support of the SPF.

  • Nicki Ariviso

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  • Andrew Holland, completed the Tough Mudder Yorkshire on 1st August.

    Andrew who hails from St Helens raised £160 for the SPF in the process.  Andrew who is 38, is married to Gill and has two young children Lewis (7) and James (5),

    Andrew says  'It was in a gym session when Steve was playing first team at Saints and I was an academy 'wanna be' when Steve shared some advice with me..."if you think about something hard enough and you really want it, you can achieve it", sound familiar?

  • Patrick Caldwell

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  • Hull FC supporter Craig Waites

    Hull FC supporter Craig Waites ran the York 10k race on 2nd August in a time of 55mins 33secs and has so far raised £115 for the Steve Prescott Foundation.

    Craig says. 'Over the last four years I have both my hips replaced and over the last year I have lost 3.5 stone in weight. Because Steve Prescott has been a hero of mine for many years, I thought it would be nice to raise some money for charity.'You can sponsor Craig at www.justgiving.com/craig-waites/ 

    Well done Craig and thank you for choosing the SPF for your fund raising.

  • Mark Malone

  • Mike Denning

  • Michael Maze

  • Stuart Holmes

  • Max Caldwell

  • Jon Delaney

  • Framed signed Andy Murray shirt and tennis ball auctioned for The Steve Prescott Foundation

    The Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) are really excited that Pagdate Tennis Club in Warrington have a unique piece of tennis memorabilia up for auction in aid of the SPF.

    The tennis club held a tennis-a-thon earlier this year raising a magnificent £1200 for the SPF. As part of this celebration organiser Andy Hawley contacted Judy Murray to request her support for the event. Judy came up trumps by sending a Tennis shirt and tennis ball both signed by her son former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. She also sent a personal note saying, ‘Signed shirt from Andy for your Steve Prescott fundraiser. Good luck. Judy x’

    To maximise interest the donated items have been framed to create a very desirable and unique piece of tennis memorabilia. The item has a reserve of £500 and is sure to create a lot of interest. Andy Murray is seeded three in the US Open which starts on Monday 31st August at Flushing Meadows.

    The auction starts on Friday 28th August with the conclusion of the auction on Saturday 19th September. This coincides with Great Britain’s Davis Cup World Group Semi final vs Australia in Glasgow. This date is also the Ladder finals day at Padgate Tennis Club.  There will be an evening of tennis and bowls with the conclusion of the auction at 7pm.

    You can follow the progress of the auction on Twitter @Padgatetennis and on Facebook

  • Dave Pickles

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  • Roger Bennett Runs the Morrison's Great North Run on 13th September

    Roger, 45, is a police officer and is married to Jo and has two boys aged 14 and 11. His passions are travelling and running.
    The GNR is the world's leading half marathon which started in 1981. The course runs from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields. The event is covered live on BBC. Previous runners include Mo Farah and Paula Ratcliffe.

    Roger commented. 'The last time I ran any similar distance to the Great North Run I was 20 years of age. I became involved with this run after being challenged by my cousin after I was barracking her about doing it. After enrolling I decided to put it to use by raising a bit of money for a charity.

  • Alex Broome

  • Just Giving Awards - VOTE SPF!!!

    Exciting news! The JustGiving Awards are back this November and  The Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) are asking our supporters to vote for the SPF to become this year’s winner!

    The JustGiving Charity of the Year award is an opportunity to showcase all of the amazing things the SPF has done, and to celebrate all of the hard work of everyone who has given their time, money and love to our charity. It also gives our supporters a chance to tell the world about the SPF and why it means so much to them!

  • Framed signed Andy Murray shirt and tennis ball auctioned for The Steve Prescott Foundation

    The Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) are really excited that Pagdate Tennis Club in Warrington have a unique piece of tennis memorabilia up for auction in aid of the SPF.

    The tennis club held a tennis-a-thon earlier this year raising a magnificent £1200 for the SPF. As part of this celebration organiser Andy Hawley contacted Judy Murray to request her support for the event. Judy came up trumps by sending a Tennis shirt and tennis ball both signed by her son former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. She also sent a personal note saying, ‘Signed shirt from Andy for your Steve Prescott fundraiser. Good luck. Judy x’

  • Mandraki to Prasonisi Challenge August 2015

    Bradford Bulls fans Ben Moorhouse and Gaynor Thompson created history on the Greek island of Rhodes for The Steve Prescott Foundation by walking from Mandraki to Prasonisi a total of 67 miles in 3 days. They smashed the extreme challenge walk in temperatures  of 40C- 50C by pushing on despite the incredible heat.

  • St Helens RFC were the inaugural winners of the Steve Prescott Cup

    On Friday 1st August St Helens RFC were the inaugural winners of the Steve Prescott Cup.

    They managed to beat Hull FC with an aggregate score of 46 - 41 and took great honour in taking the Cup back to Langtree Park.

    Having beaten Hull FC 34 - 22 at Langtree Park in February, Hull FC beat St Helens 19 - 12 in the return leg of a pulsating competition. The crowd for both games were absolutely amazing.

    Taylor & Koby Prescott were the mascots and Neil Prescott placed the ball for kick off.

  • Great Article from David Burke (Sunday Mirror)

    STEVE PRESCOTT has revealed ex Hull star Steve Crooks gave him the will to raise more than £500,000 for charity before he died last November - seven years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

    Steve played for England, Ireland and Great Britain and was given only months to live when he was told he had a rare form of abdominal cancer the day after his youngest son Koby was born in 2006.

    But Steve, awarded the MBE in 2010, says in his autobiography "One in a Million," that he is indebted to his pal Steve Crooks.

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