The former St Helens and Hull full-back, Steve Prescott, has been awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year Honours list after raising over £150,000 for charity.
Prescott, who turned 36 on Boxing Day, has been given the award for his charitable work with the Steve Prescott Foundation after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Pseudomyxoma Peritonei in 2006.
He was told he would not see his children grow-up, however, has bravely battled against the odds to complete a number of events including the London Marathon despite undergoing intense chemotherapy.
The Foundation was set-up to raise money for The Christie Cancer Hospital and the Rugby Football League’s Benevolent Fund, who are both organisations close to Prescott’s heart.
In a statement released on the Foundation’s website Prescott said: “It was a tremendous surprise, and although I am not doing the charity work for awards, this is one, which I will accept with open arms.
“The award is not just for me, but also for my family, friends and all the special people who have been involved with the Steve Prescott Foundation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank, not only the people close to me, but also everybody who has helped me along the way – no matter how big or small.
“Without their help and combined efforts I would not be able to achieve such a high accolade. This is something I never imagined would happen.”