Unfortunately Steve could not make the Awards but this was the speech he prepared for the night!
Thank you so much for giving me this award, having been present at the awards ceremony last year I realise how special the night is. I am sorry I am unable to be there to collect this prestigious accolade. My father has kindly agreed to receive it on my behalf but that’s as far as it goes…….please don’t ask him to speak!!!
To be acknowledged by rugby league writers and media correspondents who have a vast knowledge of the game and who can appreciate what we are trying to do, as a foundation is a great honour.
When I needed the help, I was blown away by people’s kindness and I realised how much it helped my family and me.
I am not doing these events for awards or for my own personal gain.
I just trying to give people the same lift I was given, whether that’s a motivational lift, or with your help, a financial lift or even bring awareness of the two charities.
A special mention should go to the foundation members for their dedication and time, the rugby league community players past and present, coaches, clubs and the press, especially David Burke who represented the press so admirably on our last challenge, cycling from the front and going above and beyond requirements……like the naked swimming at every opportunity even if it meant taking in an additional 20 miles to get there!!!!
Also the general public or anybody who has helped the foundation because without your help and generosity we wouldn’t be able to make a difference in some ones life.