A young fund-raiser has inspired her classmates to help generate hundreds of pounds for a former rugby league star’s cancer charity.
Nine-year-old Sophie Smith encouraged pupils at Heyhouses School in St Annes to get involved and raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation.
The charity is named after the former England, St Helens, Hull and Wakefield player, who despite being told he had three months to live in 2006, after being diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer, battled on bravely to raise more than £500,000.
Steve died last year, and Sophie raised £320 in his memory.
She said: “We did cake sales, friendship bracelets, sweets in a jar – someone made a massive cake too.
“Everyone was really amazed by how much money we generated. I’m very happy with it. I’m hoping to raise more and more in the future.”
Secretary of the Steve Prescott Foundation Martin Blondel said: “Steve got himself so fit he managed to prolong his life by seven years.
“He never gave in, and he was helped by people like Sophie.
“It’s great we can come to places like this and get generous amounts of money.
“Thank you all, and especially to Sophie for promoting the foundation.”