Final hike smashes charity target

The fund-raisers from Handepay

The fund-raisers from Handepay

Employees who trekked to Old Trafford for a charity founded by a St Helens rugby league legend have smashed their fund-raising target.

A team of 23 staff walked the 18 miles from Handepay’s office in Haydock to the Theatre of Dreams for the season-ending Grand Final.

This is an amazing effort from a brilliant team

Handepay managing director Andy Peake

The group took on the challenge to raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation and hoped the event would take them over the £10,000 target.

The day turned out to be a huge success the Handepay staff brought in £5,500 from the walk, taking their fund-raising total to an impressive £13,000 in just five months, before watching Wigan Warriors beat Warrington Wolves 12-6.

The rugby-themed walk, which saw the participants raise the equivalent of £300 per mile, was especially apt given Handepay has been fund-raising since May for the Foundation set up in 2007 by former St Helens, Wakefield and Hull player Prescott following his diagnosis with a rare form of cancer, pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP).

Members of the Foundation, some of whom will be climbing Mount Everest later this month, joined Handepay on the route to give encouragement.

Andy Peake, managing director of Handepay, said: “I’m so proud of everyone who did the walk and raised money for the charity.

“This is an amazing effort from a brilliant team.

“We set a big target to raise for the Steve Prescott Foundation, and it’s so appropriate that we smashed that figure by walking all the way to the Super League Grand Final.”

GB and Ireland international Steve raised a huge amount for charity before his death in 2013, with the end-of-season Man of Steel award now being named in his honour.

Martin Blondel, general manager of The Steve Prescott Foundation, adds: “£13,000 is a huge sum and to deliver it in just five months is testimony to Handepay’s dedication to helping the people of the North West.

“The funds they’ve raised will enable us to make a difference to the lives of those who need it, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the fund-raising activities.”