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Hundreds turned out today to pay their last respects to a man who made his name in the rough and tough world of rugby league - and ended up inspiring a nation with his incredible fund raising.
Steve Prescott defied the odds for so long after being diagnosed with cancer but eventually lost his battle with the diseases just over a week ago. He played for Hull FC and Wakefield and dozens of international stars were in Saint Helens today to say a final goodbye. Emma Wilkinson reports.
Taylor Prescott spoke about his father at his funeral in St Helens - he said one day he hoped to make his Dad as proud as he is one of his father's achievements. Taylor said when his Dad was first diagnosed when he was 5 he promised that he would always do his best.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of St Helens ahead of the funeral of St Helens rugby league star Steve Prescott.
The 39-year-old passed away after battling a rare form of stomach cancer for the last seven years. He raised almost half a million pounds for research in a series of endurance challenges, including marathons, walks and bike rides. The money raised went to the Steve Prescott Foundation.[
Prescott was part of an all-conquering St Helens team. An outstanding full back, he scored 340 points for his home town club during five glittering seasons.
The funeral will take place later today of Rugby League legend Steve Prescott, who died last week aged thirty-nine after a long battle with cancer. He played for St Helens, Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity and was awarded an MBE for his fundraising efforts for cancer research.
The funeral of former Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity rugby league star Steve Prescott will be held on Monday , November 18.
The 39-year-old former Great Britain full back died at the weekend after a long battle with cancer.
A Requiem Mass will be held in Lowe House Church in his hometown of St Helens followed by a private committal St Helens crematorium.
Hull FC is to open a book of condolence in memory of former player - and prolific fundraiser - Steve Prescott, later this week. It will enable fans to pay tribute to the father-of-two, who has died, aged 39, after a long battle with cancer.
Since being told his illness was terminal, seven years ago, Mr Prescott raised half a million pounds for charity. A book of condolence has already been opened at St Helen's, where he also played.
A book of condolence for Hull FC rugby legend Steve Prescott will be available for fans to sign at St Helen's ground, Langtree Park, all this week. And one is expected to open at the KC Stadium later this week for the people of hull to leave their tributes.
A book of condolence is being opened for St. Helens legend Steve Prescott, who passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Fans will be able to sign the book at Saint's ground Langtree Park, where it'll remain open for a week.
The RFL says Steve Prescott MBE was a true hero. He has died, aged 39 after a long illness. He was capped by both England and Ireland at international level and had successful spells with Hull FC and St Helens.
– RFL CHIEF EXECUTIVE NIGEL WOOD
Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time. The word 'hero' is overused in sport but Steve was just that: a role model for every young Rugby League player during his distinguished playing career and an absolute inspiration to all of us off the field. Throughout his long illness Steve was never anything other than dignified, noble and brave, not least during his fantastic charity work through the Steve Prescott Foundation which raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes. He is going to be much missed.
Tributes have been paid to the former Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity rugby league star Steve Prescott who has died at the age of 39 after a long battle with cancer. Lisa Walton reports.