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Former Yorkshire rugby star raises £100,000 for charity

Steve Prescott raising money Photo: Steve Prescott Foundation

Former Hull FC Rugby player Steve Prescott has raised £100,000 over the course of 2012 for a range of charities, it has been announced.

Steve - who was diagnosed with stomach cancer six years ago - has taken part in a range of physical activities raising money for this own foundation which supports The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester and Try Assist, the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

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. 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 normal life.

Steve Prescott and Luke Bryan Credit: Steve Prescott Foundation

“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."

– Steve Prescott

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.