FORMER St Helens, Hull FC and Wakefield full-back Steve Prescott MBE has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hull.
The 37-year-old was recognised for raising over £300,000 since setting up his charitable foundation in 2006 in aid of The Christie cancer centre in Manchester and Try Assist, the rugby league benevolent fund.
Steve received his award in a degree ceremony at Hull City Hall.
He said: “I’m overwhelmed that the people of Hull and the university want to bestow this honour on me.”
Professor Stephen Kelly, from the university, said: “He’s an adopted son of the city but the main thing is that he’s done an enormous amount with the Steve Prescott Foundation.”
In 2006, following a distinguished playing career with Saints, Hull FC and Wakefield, Steve was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei, a rare form of abdominal cancer, and was told he might have only months to live.
Steve and his supporters have been raising money by taking part in a series of gruelling physical events.
He was awarded a MBE in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to rugby league and charity.
Steve completed his latest inspirational challenge last month when he cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats via the National Three Peaks of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. The 1067 mile journey took Steve just nine days.
To watch footage from this challenge click here.