NCC Home learning revisit their roots to raise money in memory of a local sports hero!
Our distance learning services are wide-reaching to individuals in the UK and beyond and it sometimes takes a moment to look out the window, just to remind ourselves that we help make up the local community of St Helens.
Those who are familiar with our humble northern home will agree, the community bedrock here most definitely lies within its thriving sporting presence.
And it’s all about one passion in these parts… the rough and tough game of rugby league.
Being very much a part of this community, it’s hard for us to ignore this proud rugby religion. But on a more serious note, there is one major influence relating to this sport that is much harder to ignore…
This great inspiration resides in the memory of a man called Steve Prescott.
After making a name for himself as a local sports star playing for the Saints (St Helens RLFC) during the 90’s, Steve came back into the public eye just over a decade later to capture hearts and inspire a generation.
In 2006 Steve Prescott was faced with the unthinkable when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, aged just 32 and was given only months to live.
Faced with the greatest of adversity, Steve bravely battled on, defying the odds and pushed his body to the limit in a relentless pursuit to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
After forming his own charity, the Steve Prescott Foundation in 2007, Steve immersed himself in challenge after challenge, conquering everything from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to a mountain of marathons- ultimately achieving an MBE for his grit and determination.
After a seven year long battle with the disease, Steve sadly passed away on 9th November, 2013, aged 39.
Although the death of Steve ‘Prekky’ Prescott who is now dubbed by the rugby and local community as the ‘Man of Steel’, brought much heartache and pain- his spirit, determination and resilience lives on.
The Steve Prescott Foundation continues the fight in memory of its brave founder and here at NCC we think it’s time to give something back and get involved in supporting such a noble cause.
After being kindly gifted a rare piece of memorabilia from the Saints club in the run up to the St Helens 10k run, this gave us an idea…
As we were a bit late to participate in the icon run for Steve, we’ve decided instead to organise our own series of fundraising events.
Site users are therefore urged to keep their eyes peeled, as in the next couple of weeks NCC will be revealing details about a major fundraising drive we have planned.
NCC Home Learning offer a range of over 350 distance learning courses from Teaching Assistant to Criminal Psychology and have been operating from their St Helens base since 2008.