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Plaque unveiled in memory of Saints legend Steve Prescott

Steves widow Linzi with sons Taylor and Kobi,
the Mayor of St Helens Councillor Andy Bowden and the new plaque

Steves widow Linzi with sons Taylor and Kobi, the Mayor of St Helens Councillor Andy Bowden and the new plaque

Family and friends of the late Saints legend Steve Prescott attended a special unveiling of a footpath plaque in his honour.

The plaque installed on the footbridge across the St Helens Linkway - named after him by St Helens Council chiefs - bears the words “What the mind believes the body achieves”.

Those present at the unveiling included members of Steve’s family, Mayor of St Helens Coun Andy Bowden, Town Hall boss Barrie Grunewald and representatives of the Steve Prescott Foundation.

Coun Grunewald said: “Steve was a first class ambassador - not just for rugby but for the town. As well as being a legend of the game he is also honoured for his tireless fundraising for his Steve Prescott Foundation.

“Naming the bridge after him and the placement of the plaque is our tribute to one of the greats of St Helens. It’s a well-deserved honour and a fitting one - with the bridge linking Steve’s beloved town and club.”

Ex-international Steve, who inspired countless people with his brave battle with a rare form of stomach cancer, passed away last year at the age of 39.

During his rugby career the father-of-two played for his native St Helens, Hull, Wakefield, England and Ireland.

The popular full-back had been given just months to live following his initial diagnosis in 2006 before astounding medics with a series of fundraising feats - raising thousands of pounds for charity via the Steve Prescott Foundation.

His incredible fundraising efforts saw him awarded the MBE in 2009.

* Meanwhile, GreenAcres Woodland Burials in Rainford are set to hold a special Music in the Woodland event in aid of the Steve Prescott Foundation between 1pm and 3pm this Saturday (June 7).

Tickets are priced £10, with all the ticket sales set to be donated to the charity, which supports the Christie Hospital and Try Assist - the rugby league benevolent fund.

Students at Jamm studio have even composed an original track in honour of Steve Prescott which will be performed on the day.

Tickets can be purchased online via the GreenAcres website: www.greenacreswoodlandburials.co.uk

 

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