RFL Benevolent Fund receives £80,000 donation from Steve Prescott Foundation
THE RFL Benevolent Fund is delighted to announce that it has received a donation of £80,000 from the Steve Prescott Foundation to assist the charity provide help and support to people who have suffered life-changing injuries playing rugby league.
The Benevolent Fund works with some of the most vulnerable and needy members of the rugby league community and the donation from the Steve Prescott Foundation will allow that important role to continue.
Steve Ball, the General Manager of the RFL Benevolent Fund said: “We would like to thank both the Steve Prescott Foundation, and the thousands of people who have supported the Foundation’s fantastic fund-raising initiatives, for this very generous donation.
“Since 2007 the Steve Prescott Foundation has raised over £410,000 for the Benevolent Fund and their support has enabled us to make a positive difference to a great many former players.
“Steve Prescott was very passionate about the work the Benevolent Fund does and we are proud of our continued association with his foundation.”
The RFL Benevolent Fund recently helped raise over £300,000 for a trust fund in aid of the children of Danny Jones, the former Wales international who collapsed and died whilst playing for Keighley Cougars last May.
The Fund is currently working with Danny’s wife, Lizzie to raise funds that will allow every community rugby league club to purchase a defibrillator, and continues to support players who have suffered debilitating injuries.
That support includes funding education and retraining programmes, providing grants for specially-adapted vehicles and assisting with housing modifications.
For more information on the work of the RFL Benevolent Fund, or to make a donation, please visit www.tryassist.co.uk/
The RFL Benevolent Fund is part of the sport’s wider charity, Rugby League Cares which aims to enhance and enrich people’s lives through the power and positive influence of rugby league.
Rugby League Cares currently provide services and programmes which support approximately 600,000 people each year. Added together the value of these services equates to approximately £6,000,000.
The charity supports the development of rugby league, provides targeted health and well-being support to the sport’s community, protect the game’s rich heritage and, through the RFL Benevolent Fund, supports players enduring hardship.
Membership of Rugby League Cares costs just £20 per year or £2 per month – to help us make a difference to the lives of all the people involved in rugby league by visiting www.rugbyleaguecares.org/register