Steve Prescott MBE returned to Langtree Park, the ground of his former club St Helens RLFC, where he presented Howard Newhall, fundraising officer from The Christie, and Stephen Ball, general manager of the Try Assist Fund, with a cheque.
Steve was also joined by Luke Bryan, a long-term beneficiary of Try Assist. A promising rugby league player, Luke was paralysed from the neck down following a playing accident 15 years ago. Since then he has received help and support from Try Assist enabling him to live a more independent life.
Speaking of the amount Steve said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to donate £100,000 which has been raised throughout 2012. It has been a tough year financially but thanks to people’s generosity we have managed to achieve our goal.
“When I look back at the events in 2012 it has been a phenomenal effort by all concerned. I would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported the SPF over the past 12 months.”
Fundraising activities in 2012 included two impressive endurance events. In April Steve, along with former Great Britain rugby league captain Paul Sculthorpe, took on the Paris to London: Marathon Challenge. This saw the duo run the Paris marathon, cycle from Paris to Calais, row across the English Channel, cycle from Dover to London, and run the London marathon.
In October Steve was joined by 29 other participants on a 48 hour quadrathon which saw the group swim, cycle, kayak and run from Hull to Liverpool on to Manchester where Steve delivered the Super League Grand Final ball.
The 2012 total brings the overall amount raised by the SPF to £420,000, since its formation. It aims to surpass the £500,000 mark in 2013.
Despite his on-going treatment Steve remains committed to fundraising and already has a number of fundraising initiatives planned for next year.
“I have a personal challenge to get over in the next few months but this will not stop me or the SPF from breaking the half a million mark in 2013.
“We have some exciting plans starting with the 10k Run on March 10th. After the Christmas festivities I urge everyone of all abilities to put on your trainers and get fit and active and run St Helens.”
The foundation has already received a boost for 2013 with the news that Yorkshire-based Engage Mutual is to continue its sponsorship while St Helens-based Solar King will be joining the mutual organisation as joint title sponsors.