Inspire Couch to 10k
The Steve Prescott Foundation
Health, disability & well-being
Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000
Submitted by: Inspire risk management
The Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) is a registered charity and is the legacy of Steve Prescott MBE who passed away in November 2013. Steve played for St Helens, Hull FC, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and was a Great Britain and Ireland international. Steve was diagnosed with a rare abdominal cancer, pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) in 2006 and formed the SPF in 2007 to raise funds for and awareness of the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and the Christie in Manchester.
Steve undertook many physically and mentally exhausting challenges during his illness to raise funds and awareness of the charities close to his heart. In October 2013 he underwent a pioneering multi visceral transplant of the small bowel, pancreas, duodenum and abdominal wall at the Oxford Transplant Unit and although this procedure eradicated the cancer Steve passed away a few weeks later due to complications of surgery.
In 2015 the SPF announced the creation of the SPF Special Causes Fund. This will allow those hospitals, researchers and surgeons who deal in Psuedomyxoma related conditions and multi visceral transplantation to apply for grants to the Trustees of the SPF who will ensure that the money allocated will have a direct and significant effect on people’s lives
The fund raising flagship event of the SPF is the annual St Helens 10k Run which was the idea of Steve Prescott in 2010 to improve the health and fitness of everyone. The event now has 2000 participants of all abilities including many novice runners.
In line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) strategy on diet, physical activity and health we would like to increase the number of young people participating in this event.
The project is to inspire young people to improve their health and fitness by offering a 10 week training course based in Warrington in preparation for the St Helens 10k run on Sunday 5th March 2017 at Langtree Park Stadium. The fitness programme is organised by professional coaches and health advisers.
100 free places will be offered to Warrington Youth Clubs and sixth form colleges with inclusion for all abilities. Ten weekly one hour training sessions will offer fitness training, dietary advice and motivation to all registrants.
Funding will support the cost of the coaches, event fees and safety run wear.
All coaches are Run Together Group leaders and hold the official Run Together Leadership in Running Fitness or coach in Running Fitness qualification. Group leaders are trained and insured by England Athletics, the National governing body of athletics and running.
As training sessions will be held at night high visibility vests and wrist bands will be essential.
The total of budget for the project is £3980.
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Having lost friends and loved ones to cancer the work that they do is something close to our heart and the drive that Steve has is one that makes working with the foundation so special for us