Former Wakefield Trinity star’s 200 mile fundraiser for Steve Prescott Foundation

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An ex-rugby league player who was paralysed in an horrific accident will hand cycle 200 miles for a cause close to his heart.

Jimmy Gittins, who defied doctors to walk again after breaking his neck in two places in a rugby accident in 2002, will ride from Hull to Old Trafford with volunteers from the State of Mind charity.

They will be raising money for the Steve Prescott Foundation, which was set up after ex-Wildcats and St Helen’s fullback Steve Prescott was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2006. Mr Prescott died in November 2013.

Mr Gittins, a former rugby league player with Trinity and Dewsbury Rams, will ride a three-wheeled cycle propelled by his arms rather his the legs.

He said: “The challenge is all about bringing people together, something that Steve Prescott was the master of.

“We have injured rugby league players whose careers have been cut short due to serious injuries, a badly injured ex-solider, a comedian, businessmen, a doctor and a student - so a very mixed bag.

“But what they all have in common with Precky is the will to push forward, to test themselves and help other people in less fortunate positions.”

The participants will leave Hull on Monday and will stay over at Sharlston Rovers Rugby Club the following night.

An evening of entertainment, including a question and answer session with Wildcats captain Danny Kirmond, has been organised by the foundation.

Tickets for the event cost £5 and it starts at 7pm.

The riders will camp on the club’s playing fields before completing the final leg of their journey to Old Trafford on Wednesday.

To book tickets call 01924 863869 and to donate, log onto www.justgiving.com/TheJourney2015.