The Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) sends sincere thanks to Hotel Football, Manchester, for hosting a Q & A event in the Old Trafford Supporters Club bar facility with all proceeds going to the SPF. Guests included RL stars and SPF ambassadors Andy Gregory, (Widnes, Wigan, Warrington and Salford) and Adrian Morley (Leeds Rhinos, Sydney Roosters, Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils). Paul Wood (Warrington Wolves) and Phil McKenzie (ex Widnes) also kindly gave their time and predictions ahead of the game. Compere for the event was Radio City presenter Connor Phillips.
Entrance to the event was by charity donation as per Hotel Football match day policy and a magnificent £2450 was raised on the day.
It was a great way for fans to spend the afternoon in the luxury of the magnificent Hotel Football in the build up to the Grand Final between Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors. Hotel Football is owned by Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers Gary and Phil
The Hotel also hosted a reception for a group of walkers from Handepay who walked 18 miles from Haydock to Old Trafford on Rugby League Grand Final day to raise funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF). Handepay staff have now raised an amazing £13k this year for the SPF, having set themselves a target of raising £10k in 12 months. The walk enabled them to surpass their target after only seven months of fund raising.
The walk was also used as a training session for some of the Spectrum Everest party who set off this week to fund raise for the SPF by climbing to Nepal Everest Base Camp and then continue to "Kala Pattar" to reach a finishing height of 5645 meters above sea level.
Super middleweight boxer and SPF ambassador, Martin Murray also joined the walk and was able to join the Q & A and give his predictions for the Grand Final and talk about his recently announced rematch against WBO International title holder Arthur Abraham in Monte Carlo next month.
Among those taking part in the Everest Base Camp Challenge are Steve Prescott’s wife Linzi and son Taylor, RL legend and Sky Sports RL pundit Barrie McDermott and ex players Lee Briers, Alan Hunte, Ade Gardner and Neil Harmon. ITV’s Emmerdale actor Michael Parr aka bad boy Ross Barton is also taking part.
Hotel Football Food and Beverage Controller Peter Walker is a lifelong St Helens fan, facilitated the event and is really keen to support the St Helens based charity which is the legacy of Steve Prescott MBE who passed away in November 2013. Steve played for St Helens, Hull FC, 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. In October 2013 he underwent a pioneering 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 complications of surgery.
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.