Luke was paralysed from the neck down while playing for Haydock ARLFC in 1996. Since the accident, he has received support from Try Assist but has been confined to a wheelchair, reliant on a ventilator to aid his breathing and in need of around the clock support from carers.
The Luke Forward appeal has been set-up by Luke with support from the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) Rugby League Cares, Try Assist and St Helens Star, with the aim of dramatically improving his quality of life.
A range of fundraising initiatives are set to be unveiled later in the year but, it has already been announced that Luke will benefit from 50% of money raised by SPF runners participating in the GPW St Helen’s 10k.
The funds raised on behalf of the Steve Prescott foundation will be passed to Try Assist (Rugby League Benevolent Fund), which will channel the money directly to Luke Forward.
As well as receiving money raised by the GPW St Helens 10K Luke has been given the honour of being the official race starter on Sunday, March 10.
Speaking of the support, founder of SPF, Steve Prescott MBE, said, “The aim of Luke Forward is to vastly improve Luke’s quality of life and wellbeing. It will be an on-going project and people will be able to see the results unfold throughout 2013.
“I urge people to get behind the cause as it will have a significant impact for Luke, those signing up to run the St Helens 10k with SPF will be directly helping him.”
SPF was founded by former St. Helens, Hull and Wakefield player Steve Prescott MBE, following his diagnosis with a terminal form of stomach cancer. SPF, sponsored by Engage Mutual and Solar King, has to-date raised £420,000 for the Christie and Try Assist Fund.
Despite undergoing regular chemotherapy Steve will also be participating in the GPW St Helens 10k as he looks to help the foundation break through the £500,000 mark in 2013.
More than 500 people have signed up to the GPW St Helens 10K with SPF is hopeful it can break last year’s total of 1,200. For more information on The Steve Prescott Foundation or the St Helens 10 visit http://www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk/