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The Journey to Kilimanjaro - by Angela Powers

I'll be blogging about the team and our efforts to prepare for this mega challenge, and I hope you will be able to help us along the way. Whether it's organising or attending fundraising events, donating prizes or getting involved, you can do your bit in keeping Steve's legacy alive. Contact me here or at info@herrugbyleague.co.uk with your ideas and get on board!
On October 13,  Her RL chair Angela Powers will be joining a group of people aiming to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, in just 5 days instead of the recommended nine. More than 70 per cent fail to do it. But failure isn't an option.

That's because this climb is for the Steve Prescott Foundation, set up by the former Hull and St Helens star who died after battling a cancer that he was told might kill him after six months.  He went on to live for five more years, raising about £500,000 for good causes along the way.  

Steve always wanted to climb this mountain but never got the chance. Now this team - led by Adrian Cunliffe and featuring stars such as Adrian Morley, Lee Briers, Alan Hunte and Barrie McDermott, as well as the actor Matt Lewis - is going to take these steps for him and in his memory.

On behalf of The Steve Prescott Foundation we are elated to announce in partnership with Woolyback Productions & Bartons Pickles the JV Crown Green Bowls Challenge for the Lol Pennington Memorial Cup which will take place at Ruskin Sports Village 12th August 12 noon start.

We have 10 top class celebrities with 6 more names to be announced to battle it out for the Lol Pennington Memorial Cup.

Mike Denning, Chairman of the Steve Prescott Foundation returned to his old primary school days last Friday to collect a donation from Pupils who, inspired by Precky, had on their own volition had made all manner of objects in a Origami project and sold the items to fellow students.

Mrs Harrison a teacher at the School and neighbour to Steve and Linzi in Eccleston said “The children did this all themselves and where truly inspired by Steves story. They are rightly all proud of their achievements”.

Two lads, Two bikes, ten days, 1000 miles

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats fans Matt Wood and Matthew Spiers are taking on an enormous challenge inspired by former St Helens, Hull FC and Wakefield Wildcats legend Steve Prescott MBE. The duo departed from the Wakefield Wildcats ground on Wednesday 6th of July to start the 1000 miles in 10 days arriving at Perpignan Friday 15th of July ready to watch Wakefield take on Catalan Dragons on Saturday 16th of July.  The challenge is self funded and all money raised will go to the Steve Prescott Foundation.

The Yorkshire based Pro Event Dolls donned their walking shoes as they tackled the 24 miles and completed the Steve Prescott Foundation Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge last month. And the eight Dolls have raised a magnificent £1017.35 for the SPF in the process. The ladies deserve to be named and praised for their impressive efforts:- Sarah Elston, Michelle Eadie , Hannah Clarke, Kelly Walsh, Gina Harper, Jen Seaman, Laura Campbell and Abigail Oglethorpe.

Neil Tucker from St Helens is a Hodgkins lymphoma cancer survivor who braved the pain by having a shave of his full face and waxing of his body at Langtree Park, St Helens recently.

Neil, 38  said. “  My Just Giving page has raised £110 with the gift aid added it is £130. I had a fantastic day. I'm sure Stephen would of been chuckling to himself with the pain in my face but it was all worth it. I couldn't  have done it myself without the help of good friends and all the good people who donated to the cause which is close to my heart.

It is with a very heavy heart that the brave and inspirational Claire Place passed away on Sunday morning, 22nd July 2018.

Claire was the first person to undergo the multivisceral transplant after Stephen and without her bravery, following in Stephen’s footsteps, the operation may not have become a viable option for other pseudomyxoma patients.

The eight man cycle team representing the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF completed the really extreme challenge of cycling 3000 miles arriving in Gibraltar in the early hours of 10th July. The official finishing time for the @SPFCHARITY Team K3 Zadara of 6 days, 19 hours and 7 minutes, smashed the previous course record of over 8 day.  The team tackled the cycling endurance Race Across Europe (RACE) starting from Boulogne Sur Mer crossing seven countries and the  really tough terrain of the Alps and the Pyrenees. The route also included the notorious Mont Ventoux in France.

 

On the 13th October 2007 Steve Prescott MBE completed his first of many epic challenges - The Steve Prescott Trans Pennine Walk; 200 miles from Hull to the Super League Grand Final visiting all the Super League clubs along the way.

This was the inaugural Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) event; the catalyst to an incomparable legacy that has changed the lives of so many and amassed a phenomenal £1 Million of donations to the SPF chosen charities, The Christie, Try Assist (Rugby League Benevolent Fund) and the SPF Special Causes Fund.

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On behalf of The Steve Prescott Foundation we are elated to announce in partnership with Woolyback Productions & Bartons Pickles the JV Crown Green Bowls Challenge for the Lol Pennington Memorial Cup which will take place at Ruskin Sports Village 12th August 12 noon start.

We have 10 top class celebrities with 6 more names to be announced to battle it out for the Lol Pennington Memorial Cup.

 

On the 13th October 2007 Steve Prescott MBE completed his first of many epic challenges - The Steve Prescott Trans Pennine Walk; 200 miles from Hull to the Super League Grand Final visiting all the Super League clubs along the way.

This was the inaugural Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) event; the catalyst to an incomparable legacy that has changed the lives of so many and amassed a phenomenal £1 Million of donations to the SPF chosen charities, The Christie, Try Assist (Rugby League Benevolent Fund) and the SPF Special Causes Fund.

Register for this event

George Netherton sadly passed away suddenly on the 11th May 2015. He was a true Hull FC fan who never missed a game Not only was he a Hull FC fan but he loved rugby league in general. In the early days George would go to the Boulevard to cheer on the black and white and stand in the threepenny stand. You would always know where he was sat watching the game because you would hear him cheering or disagreeing with the ref.  He was very passionate about the black and whites and a very proud supporter. The day George got to see his grandson Danny Nicklas play for Hull FC was a very proud day for him.

George's daughter Kay Netherton, their family and friends have very kindly donated £90 to the SPF to fulfill George's wish that his donation money to go to the Steve Prescott Foundation

The SPF send their condolences to all family and friends of George, and thank them for their kind donation.

George Netherton RIP

Three Saints fans Rob 'Rughead' Taylor, Bobby Taylor and Sam Thompson completed a 30 mile walk in 12 hours visiting five Northwest Rugby League clubs on the way. The walkers set off at 6am from Wigan Warriors DW stadium to Langtree Park St Helens via Leigh  Sports Village, Warrington Wolves Halliwell Jones Stadium and the Widnes Viking's Select Security stadium. The sun was shining all the way as they made their way round the clubs.

The SPF are delighted to have four participants in this years UK Ironman in Bolton on the 19th July.

They are led by Steve's brother Neil Prescott. They have all been training very hard for the last 6 months, through all the bad weather that we have experienced this year.

A team of 36 climbers will be tackling Kilimanjaro in October 2015 to raise funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF).

The official launch for the climb which is sponsored by Spectrum Group, a leading recruitment and training specialist in construction and rail with its head office in Manchester, took place at 1330 on Thursday 16th July 2015 at the Tree of Hope at The Christie, Manchester. The launch was attended by Steve’s wife, Linzi Prescott, SPF General Manager Martin Blondel, Spectrum Group Managing Director Neil Farrow and leading celebrities.

A football charity match between Parr Cons (a new football team started up for the coming season) Vs the Horseshoe legends (team from years ago, ex players etc...) all players (30 minimum) will pay £10 to play, 1 will be representing team SPF, the other will represent team Willowbrook.

It will be played on Bold Miners playing fields on 11th July Kick off 3pm.
There will be a after match party at the Parr Conservative with have disco/karaoke, raffles, Dick Bond plus buffet etc... for £1 entry!

All money raised will be split between the SPF and Willowbrook Hospice. 

Spectrum's Managing Director Neil Farrow's charity fundraising knows no bounds! 

Not only is he scaling Mount Kilimanjaro in October, the highest free standing mountain in the world. He is also taking part in a Spectrum Charity Bike Ride 6-11th July 2015 - all in aid of the Steve Presott Foundation (SPF). 

The ‘Preccy’ Charity Bike Ride

Saturday the 4th of July 2015 – Higher Wheelton to Wigan

Meeting point:  The Golden Lion at Higher Wheelton, PR6 8HP

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The Steve Prescott Foundation celebrated the milestone of £Million of donations by hosting a dinner at Langtree Park, St Helens last Friday. Special guest was Liverpool FC and England legend Kevin Keegan OBE, who gave a terrific presentation which featured memories from his career and football anecdotes. Steve Prescott was a huge Liverpool FC fan and Kevin Keegan was his hero, so it was really fitting to have Kevin present on such a special occasion.

It was a huge honour for The Steve Prescott Foundation to be one of James Roby's Charity partners for his testimonial year. Just to be associated with the mercurial St Helens legend would have sufficed but to receive a cheque of £6000 was incredible.

James Roby commented on his final testimonial event held at Berrington Hall on Saturday"When i was growing up Steve Prescott was one of my heroes on the rugby pitch. I was privileged enough to get to know him and admire his selfless work he did for others whilst battling his illness. Along with Group B Strep, my wife Natasha and I decided that it was the least we could do to support the two great charities and continue Steve's legacy!"

The Sutton Academy will be staging The Sutton Community Festival this Saturday 19th July 1100 - 1600.

There will be a host of entertainment including Commando obstacle course, bouncy castles, Saints Rugby Tournament.

It will be an explosion of fun for the whole community.

The Steve Prescott Foundation will also have a stall selling SPF Merchandise.

£500 donation from The Heath School, RuncornSPF Charity Ambassador Paul Sculthorpe kindly accepted a £500 donation The Heath School in Runcorn at their recent Awards Evening.

The Steve Prescott Foundation would like to thank all associated with the school especially Paul George and his staff and pupils.

 

 

 

Long Time SPF Charity Darren Harrison from Willowstar.com on Sunday 20th July tackle the UK Ironman in Bolton.

Darren has took part in many challenges for the SPF including the Carnegie Challenge 2009 and the recent Engage Mutual Tour De Yorkshire.

A keen and accomplished cyclist who is extremely fit but would openly admit to not being the strongest swimmer, this will be his hardest challenge to date.

Darren will also be raising funds for the Rotary Club.

SPF would like to thank Darren for his continued support and wish him the best of luck for the Ironman challenge.

To donate please go to https://www.justgiving.com/DarrenHarrison-Ironman2014

Terry Sumner celebrated his 60th Birthday at the Squires Bar in Billinge on the 7th June 2014.

He asked all his guests to donate instead of buying him a present.

He raised a fantastic £820 taking the total past £1000 with Gift Aid contributions.

More importantly he had a phenomenal evening with family and friends before going on a well deserved holiday.

We would like to thank all who also enjoyed the party and contributed to the fund.

On August 10th Eastmoor Dragons will be making charitable donations to The Steve Prescott Foundation and Chalky’s Foundation.

The event will see a team of ex professionals assembled by SPF Charity Ambassador Garry Schofield MBE with Andy Fisher also assisting with recruiting the ex pros.

Some of the confirmed names so far are:

Garry Schofield, Andy Fisher, Paul Newlove, John Joyner, Nick Fozzard, Johnny Lawless, Grant Anderson, James Lowes, Jim Leatham, Neil Batty, Andy Kelly, Daz Fisher, John Thompson, Billy Conway, Richard Slater, Gary Price.

Our friends from Hull College staged their annual awards at Jubilee Church Hull City Centre on Wednesday 25th June.

Hull College Awards NightGeneral Manager of the SPF Martin Blondel was invited to present "Steve Prescott Student of the Year Award’ to Lizzie Hodgkinson. Lizzie is a Level 3 Diploma Sports Student, Captain of the Girls Football Team and Distinction Level Grades. She is also the East Riding FA Young Volunteer of the year, due to her role with the junior teams at North Ferriby United. It is a prestigious award, and we are delighted that Steve's name will live on throughout the college that he spent three great years as lecturer before he was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma.

Martin was also presented with a cheque for £1180 raised during the year by lecturers and students, this included a bike ride to Hornsea! We would like to thank all who supported the fund raising efforts and those who took part.

St Helens Crossfit Gym on Saturday 26th July are hoping to lift more than a million pound in weight from their Gym at Lawrenson Street St Helens.

All monies raised will go to the SPF with fun for all the family as they pump their way to lifting million pounds!

The fun starts at 10.00am

 

 

When two twins collide!

On 19th July Twins Thomas & Matt Tindall will take on each other for the first time on a Rugby Pitch.

After years of playing in the same teams they have finally decided to see who is the best brother and have collated a team of players to take part in the "grudge" match on Saturday 19th July 1500 at Widnes RUFC.

The Boothstown Boys take on the National 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of 3 great causes including the Steve Prescott Foundation.

We are a group of friends from a village on the outskirts of Salford, called Boothstown. Some of us have known each other since we were 4 years old and now; as we approach the ripe old age of 40, we are really excited about completing this challenge together.

The Boothstown Boys are....

Tony Grindley, Dave Edmondson, Joe Steed, Paul Nuttall, Andrew Barlow, James Shahhet, Steve Devlin, Daniel Rogers, Marcus Partington, Gary Glewis, Harry Steed, John Downey (Driver) and Dave Paskin (Driver)

Ian Cunliffe is a lifelong Leigh Centurions supporter, he is also President of Leigh & District Angling Association.

He also has been a collector of rare northern soul records since 1969 and has DJ'd at all the big Northern Soul Clubs over the years here in the UK and Berlin Germany.

On Saturday Evening 5th July, Ian will be celebrating his 60th Birthday at Stubbshaw Cross Labour Club Ashton in Makerfield.

Ian has asked all his guests to make a donation to the Steve Prescott Foundation.

This is a phenomenal gesture and the SPF would like to thank Ian for supporting the SPF.

We are sure it is going to be an incredible evening for an amazing gent.

The bike ride trilogy of Wigan Vets continues...

Saturday the 5th of July Wigan Vets will once again be riding for the for the Steve Prescott Foundation

This will start off from the Golden Lion at Higher Wheelton with an 11am meet up.

Organiser Malcolm Holland said "This will be a particular poignant ride as it will be the first one since Steve’s untimely death and he always used to pop along on our ride to lend his support to a great cause.
I hope that as many of you, along with his friends and colleagues will turn up on the day for the ride in his honour. See you there – cant wait!!!!"

Information

Meeting point: The Golden Lion at Higher Wheelton, PR6 8HP

(If biking there come off at bridge No 86 on the canal (4 bridges past the Top Lock Pub) cross canal and its 200 yards up lane. By road it’s on the main A574 Blackburn Road, between Chorley and Blackburn)

Full Breakfast/bacon barms served here at 11am!

Note: If don’t have the energy to bike there and back bring your bike to the Brocket in Wigan at 10-10.15 on the morning and transport will be available for your bike BUT you must sort YOUR own lift out to the Golden Lion

Distance: about 16 miles (but at least most of it is flat, very scenic and off road)

Donation/sponsorship: £10 per rider – all proceeds to the Precky charity: if over and above this you want to raise individual sponsorship you are free to do so and a sponsor form is available

Finishing point: Sams Bar Scholes for buffet & music - (bikes can be left here overnight)

SEE YOU ALL THERE FOR A GREAT DAY OUT IN GOOD COMPANY FOR A VERY WORTHY CAUSE

Hindley ARLFC are staging a 24 hour RL Marathon on Saturday 5th July.

This promises to be a fun filled 24 hours with over 240 RL players taking part.

It will be staged at The Pavillion Hindley Arlfc,

The Rugby marathon starts 7am Saturday until 7am Sunday.

Stalls are running 10-4pm and live music 2-5pm

All proceeds from the event will go to The Steve Prescott Foundation.

Our thanks and gratitude goes to everyone who have made this incredible day happen.

Please come and show your support.

Click here for more details

Hello!

My name's Matthew Lewis and along with my mate Nick, and against our better judgement, we have decided to climb a mountain and we need YOUR help...

Both Nick and I are big Rugby League fans and we've followed our team the Leeds Rhinos for many years. Rugby League however is more than just club loyalties and tribalism. It's a social sport, a game that brings communities together instead of dividing them, for want of a better word, it's a family. And nobody sums that mentality up more than Steve Prescott.

The SPF are delighted to have four participants in this years UK Ironman in Bolton on the 19th July.

They are led by Steve's brother Neil Prescott. They have all been training very hard for the last 6 months, through all the bad weather that we have experienced this year.

A team of 36 climbers will be tackling Kilimanjaro in October 2015 to raise funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF).

The official launch for the climb which is sponsored by Spectrum Group, a leading recruitment and training specialist in construction and rail with its head office in Manchester, took place at 1330 on Thursday 16th July 2015 at the Tree of Hope at The Christie, Manchester. The launch was attended by Steve’s wife, Linzi Prescott, SPF General Manager Martin Blondel, Spectrum Group Managing Director Neil Farrow and leading celebrities.

Who won the NWC Development Cup Final u15s, on Sunday 5th July. Woolston beat Hindley ARLFC by 13 points to 12. The game was placed into "golden point" as the score was 12-12 at the end of normal time. Jake Eccles then slotted over a drop goal to secure the victory & the trophy for Woolston, and send his team & coaching staff delirious with joy.

This week we had the pleasure of presenting Graham Worsley Managing Director of GPW Recruitment with a celebratory plaque for their sponsorship of the GPW Recruitment St Helens 10K Run for the past five year’s with huge success.  With thousands of runners over the years battling North Road we cannot thank GPW and everyone involved for their relentless support.

Go to the following link to get daily updates on Neil's progress in aid of SPF - https://www.spectrum-group.uk.com/blog/2015/07/neils-daily-cycle-diary

The ‘Preccy’ Charity Bike Ride

Saturday the 4th of July 2015 – Higher Wheelton to Wigan

Meeting point:  The Golden Lion at Higher Wheelton, PR6 8HP

Hull FC will host the return leg of The Steve Prescott Cup staged in tribute to the late Steve Prescott MBE.

The first leg of the inaugural Steve Prescott Cup took place at Langtree Park, home of St Helens RFC in February, with the Merseyside club just edging out a narrow 34 – 22 victory in a pulsating battle.

The Cup will be an annual event played between both of Steve's former clubs with the team having the highest aggregate score in the two regular Super League matches winning the cup.

Therefore the clash on Friday 1st August will see one of the captains lifting the cup for the very first time.

Before the game, a tribute to the inspirational Prescott will be played on the large screens and his sons Taylor & Koby will be mascots. Steve's brother Neil will carry the matchball onto the KC Stadium pitch.

General Manager of the Steve Prescott foundation, Martin Blondel said "We would like to thank Hull FC & St Helens RFC for this magnificent gesture. Knowing the players like I do, I know how much it will mean to both sides, it will be a huge honour for either captain to lift the inaugural Steve Prescott Cup! This fixture will be a permanent reminder of the great man! The cup will make sure that Steve's legacy will continue and his name will live on forever."

Tickets available online now at www.spfund.co.uk for the Forum and Book launch at Langtree Park 28th August - 7pm

Collect tickets at Main Reception prior to start

One in a Million - the autobiography of Rugby League legend Steve Prescott will take centre stage at Langtree Park on Thursday 28th August. Former Team mates of the inspirational full back will go through anecdotes of their times spent with Steve.

All guests will receive a copy of “One in a million!” signed by the guests of the evening along with Hot Pot for an inclusive price of £25.

This book will go into print in August 2014 but you can Pre-order your copy today for £17.99 (+£2.00 delivery to UK or +£6.00 delivery to non UK)

One in a Million - the autobiography of Rugby League legend Steve Prescott - will be officially launched at this year’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 23.

(All proceeds from the book go to the SP Fund which has been set up for the family of the late  Steve Prescott MBE)

It was a huge honour for The Steve Prescott Foundation to be one of James Roby's Charity partners for his testimonial year. Just to be associated with the mercurial St Helens legend would have sufficed but to receive a cheque of £6000 was incredible.

James Roby commented on his final testimonial event held at Berrington Hall on Saturday"When i was growing up Steve Prescott was one of my heroes on the rugby pitch. I was privileged enough to get to know him and admire his selfless work he did for others whilst battling his illness. Along with Group B Strep, my wife Natasha and I decided that it was the least we could do to support the two great charities and continue Steve's legacy!"

This unique pictorial history of The Making of Langtree Park, the home of St Helens RFC captures every single development of the ground to it's completion.

Our friends from Hull College staged their annual awards at Jubilee Church Hull City Centre on Wednesday 25th June.

Hull College Awards NightGeneral Manager of the SPF Martin Blondel was invited to present "Steve Prescott Student of the Year Award’ to Lizzie Hodgkinson. Lizzie is a Level 3 Diploma Sports Student, Captain of the Girls Football Team and Distinction Level Grades. She is also the East Riding FA Young Volunteer of the year, due to her role with the junior teams at North Ferriby United. It is a prestigious award, and we are delighted that Steve's name will live on throughout the college that he spent three great years as lecturer before he was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma.

Martin was also presented with a cheque for £1180 raised during the year by lecturers and students, this included a bike ride to Hornsea! We would like to thank all who supported the fund raising efforts and those who took part.