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71 year old mother and son join Steve Prescott in sky high challenge

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Rugby league legend, Steve Prescott MBE, is aiming high with his next challenge. The tireless fund raiser who is battling a rare form of cancer, will undertake a 15,000 ft parachute jump with the Red Devils.  He will be joined in his challenge by a 71 year old mother from Newton-le-Willows, and her son who has an amputated leg.

Since being diagnosed with his condition in 2006, Steve has walked hundreds of miles, twice completed the London marathon and raised more than £250,000 for the Steve Prescott Foundation, a charity he set up following his diagnosis, which raises funds for the Christie Cancer Hospital and the Try Assist Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

The bravery and commitment shown by Steve has inspired many people, not least, St Helens’ fan, Tony Parkins, who will join him on his parachute challenge in two weeks’ time, at Langar Airfield in Nottingham.  Tony, whose leg was amputated in 2009, made a commitment at the time of his operation to ensure as far as possible, that his own setback would not limit his life.  He will be jumping alongside Steve in a specially designed harness.

Tony’s mother, Sheila is no less inspiring. Having previously completed her own sky dive for the Steve Prescott Foundation during Tony’s rehabilitation, Sheila has made the decision to jump again, this time alongside Steve and her son.

They will be joined by other rugby league legends, Paul Sculthorpe, and Terry O’Connor, together with ex Everton defender Derek Mountfield and Emmerdale Soap Star, Kelvin Fletcher.

The Steve Prescott Foundation, sponsored by Engage Mutual, has a schedule of events planned for the remainder of 2010, and counts on the generous nature of the public to raise much needed funds for the two charities close to Steve’s heart.

There are limited places available to join Steve Prescott on the parachute jump, which takes place on 1 June.  Participants need to raise a minimum of £800 in sponsorship, which will be donated to the Foundation’s two charities.  Please contact Martin Blondel on 07971 792859 for details.

To donate to the Steve Prescott Foundation, please see www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk