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A bridge, book and a walk for rugby hero Steve Prescott

Artwork is unveiled at The Steve Prescott Bridge

Artwork is unveiled at The Steve Prescott Bridge

The family of the late Wakefield fullback Steve Prescott have unveiled artwork on a bridge dedicated to his memory.

Widow Linzi Prescott, her two sons and Rugby league luminaries were in St Helens on Tuesday for the grand opening of a giant poster plaque of the ex-Wildcats player.

It is inlaid on a path which leads to Langtree Park, the home of St Helens RLFC, where Mr Prescott starred.

He died in November after a long battle with stomach cancer. He left behind a rich legacy of charity work through endurance challenges.

Jimmy Gittins, who took part in many of those challenges following rehabilitation from a devastating rugby injury, was at the unveiling.

The 40-year-old, of Barnsley Road, Sandal, said: “The bridge has been renamed after Steve. It’s good for his legacy, kids and family.”

Before he died Mr Prescott helped raise thousands for the Christie Hospital, in Manchester, which treated him and a fund for injured rugby players.

A group of ex players, including former Great Britain star Paul Sculthorpe and Mr Gittins, are helping continuing the work of the Steve Prescott Foundation.

They have just come back from a Lands End to John O’Groats walk which has raised more than £30,000,

Dad-of-two Mr Gittins described it as the hardest challenges they have done.

He said: “It was relentless. It was the hardest thing I’ve done and all the lads have done and there are some pretty fit lads on there.”

The 900-mile, 12-day walk involved eight hours on and eight hours off but they sometimes ate into their rest time.

Mr Gittins added: “I think we all had our moments - sombre and tired moments - but Steve was very much at the front of our thoughts. If Steve had been there when we were struggling then I know he would have been on the front.”

He is also looking forward to reading Steve’s “One in a Million” autobiography, which is out in August. He was writing it before he died and Mrs Prescott wrote the final two chapters.

 

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