A motion has been tabled in Parliament to mark the achievements of the late Steve Prescott, calling him “a hero in sport and in life”.
Tabled by the chairman of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, the motion recognises Prescott’s playing career with St Helens, Wakefield and Hull and his remarkable charity work since he was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei in 2006.
The former England and Ireland full-back lost his seven-year fight with the rare form of stomach cancer last Saturday, at the age of 39.
The MPs have also added their weight to the growing campaign to add Prescott’s name to the Super League Man of Steel award.
Mulholland, who has written to Prescott’s family expressing the group’s sorrow at their loss, said: “Steve was a true hero. Not only was he a fantastic player, he was a fantastic person who did not let anything get in his way.
“His selfless and tireless fundraising against such incredible personal circumstances has - and will continue to have - the most profound impact on people.
“Our thoughts are with his loved ones, his friends and with those whose lives he touched.”
A requiem mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s, Lowe House Church, North Road, St Helens on Monday at 11am and will be followed by a private committal at St Helens crematorium.