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Tell us your stories of courage: Saints back Pride of St Helens awards
WORDS such as courage and heroism are often used to describe sporting endeavours on the rugby field.
But the giants of Saints would be the first to concede that their efforts do not come close to matching the bravery often evident in the stories featured in the Star’s pages.
Tales of St Helens people battling illness, overcoming adversity and rescuing others are never in short supply.
Now the rugby league club and its stars are underlining their admiration for people who show genuine courage by joining the Solar King Pride of St Helens awards.
Langtree Park bosses have signed up Saints as sponsors for the evening’s courage category – and are now urging their supporters to come forward with nominations.
The agreement has delighted the Steve Prescott Foundation and media partners the Star, who both organise Pride of St Helens.
Ex-Saints player Steve, 39, who is continuing treatment for cancer, said: “Having Saints join Pride gives the event a huge lift and underlines its importance and place in our community.
“What I really want now is for the many Saints supporters to come up with nominations of people who have shown courage.
“It is a quality that comes in many forms and I look forward to being inspired by hearing the great efforts of the townspeople I take strength from.
“I want people to put names forward for the Saints Courage Award and for all the categories – that is what makes this event work.”
Langtree Park will again play host to the ceremony, which this year on Friday, November 1, and are excited to have put their name to an award.
Dave Hutchinson, head of sales and marketing at Saints, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring an event that goes from strength to strength.
“People often talk about rugby league players being tough, physical and showing courage. But courage comes in many forms – and the winner of last year’s award, Andy Reid, typified this.
“Our players are regarded as icons in the town and we are happy to be playing a role in showing the town others who deserve that recognition.”
The Saints sponsored award will welcome nominations for adults, while a new Child of Courage category, backed by Andy Reid’s charity Amputation Inspiration and Motivation, is inviting entries for youngsters.
For more details and to nominate someone, visit sthelensstar.co.uk and click on the pride of St Helens tab.
Closing date is September 27.
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