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The Kilimanjaro Challenge 2017 for the Steve Prescott Foundation

The Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) is delighted to announce the latest epic challenge to raise funds and awareness for The Christie Manchester, the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and the SPF Special Causes Fund.

The SPF are looking for a team of 40 climbers will be tackling Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2017 to raise funds for the SPF. The challenge follows on from the SPF epic record breaking Guinness Book of World Records highest game of rugby in 2015 and the inaugural SPF trek in 2013.

Martin Blondel, General Manager of the SPF said “We are elated to be taking a team up to Kilimanjaro once again. When Steve was dismissed from Salford Royal Hospital and being fed by a drip, the great man instructed me to put together a Kilimanjaro expedition that he would attempt. This was the measure of Steve; he had not eaten anything solid for 3 months and was asking to tackle Kilimanjaro.”

“It is fantastic that so many people are inspired by Steve and want to continue a challenge that sadly he could not take part in.”

At 5895 metres (19,341 feet) tall, Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, East Africa just south of the border with Kenya. It is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It is a dormant volcano which last erupted 360,000 yrs ago

SPF ambassador St Helens rugby league legend Tommy Martyn and SPF Chair Mike Denning have already signed up for the daunting challenge along with 43 SPF fundraisers including Leeds Rhinos great Chev Walker.

The climbing expedition will be professionally lead by Milestone Safaris and Mountaineering of Moshi with planning support from SPF Trustee Ade Cunliffe, who led the Kilimanjaro 2013 and 2015 trips.

The event will involve eight days trekking via the Machame Route. This route is said to be the most beautiful route. Accommodation on this route is in tents unlike the Marangu route used in previous trips which used huts. The event will have the support of expert climber Dave Pickles who has climbed Kilimanjaro 48 times.

Sponsorship packages are available

The SPF is a registered charity founded in 2007 after Steve was diagnosed with a rare abdominal cancer Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP)

Steve was a professional rugby league player who played for his home town club St Helens, and also Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. He also represented Great Britain and Ireland at international level.

Steve Prescott MBE underwent pioneering multi visceral transplant surgery but as a result of complications he tragically passed away three weeks later in November 2013

Since Steve’s pioneering operation, a further 3 people are benefiting from the same operation and now have a much improved quality of life. Proof that the money the SPF raises, DOES save lives