A LIFELONG Warrington Wolves fan is jumping on his bike to raise money for a foundation close to his heart.
Paul Jenkins is facing a gruelling bike ride from Warrington to Perpignan to raise money for The Steve Prescott Foundation.
The 46-year-old, who lived in Locking Stumps before moving to Limousin in France a few years ago, said: “As a big rugby fan, I always knew who Steve Prescott was but never realised the amount of charity work he had done before he died.
“I wish I’d had the chance to meet him but that never happened so I’m determined to do something to help his foundation.”
The father of three is currently cycling 200km a week in preparation for the 1,600km bike ride, which will start on July 13.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I know I’ll do it but the most difficult thing is getting sponsors. Every little bit helps and I’m hoping people will be generous with their donations,” said Paul.
The avid rugby fan has also managed to organise the charity bike so that he can fit in a trip to The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
“I will set off after the Warrington Wolves v London Broncos match,” said Paul. “And I will arrive in time to watch them against Catalan Dragons at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan. It will be a great way to celebrate finishing.”
Steve Prescott, who played rugby league for St Helens, Hull, Wakefield, Ireland, was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei, which is a rare form of cancer, in September 2006.
Despite being given months to live, Steve set up the foundation, convincing friends to take part in gruelling challenges.
The money raised was divided between Christie’s Hospital in Manchester and the Rugby Football League’s benevolent fund.
Paul added: “Although some may see this as a huge challenge, it is absolutely nothing compared to the feats Steve achieved, even with his illness.”
To donate visit justgiving.com/Paul-Jenkins16.