THE name of Steve Prescott "continues to inspire and help those less fortunate" say tributes on the fifth anniversary of the inspirational former rugby league player.

Steve passed away on November 9, 2013, aged 39 following a heroic battle after he was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei in 2006.

Former Saints fullback Steve also represented Hull FC and Wakefield, in his rugby career and played for Ireland internationally.

Given just months to live in September 2006 after his diagnosis Steve showed inspirational determination and refused to give in.

Setting up the Steve Prescott Foundation, he took on a series of increasingly gruelling physical challenges in aid of the Christie and Rugby league Benevolent Fund spurred on by the mantra: “What the mind believed the body achieves”.

Steve underwent a pioneering multi-visceral transplant in Oxford which removed more than 90 per cent of the tumours that were in his abdomen.

After puling through the 32-hour procedure, Steve died as a result of graft-versus-host-disease, a complication that can follow transplants.

The Steve Prescott Foundation, which was launched in 2007, continues to undertake gruelling challenges to continue Steve's legacy and leave a lasting impression on the town with events such as the St Helens 10k embedded into the calendar.

Today, the Steve Prescott Foundation, said: "There will never be a day when your name will not be spoken. You continue to inspire and help those less fortunate. Never Forgotten! Stephen Prescott MBE xxx".

Other tributes have also been paid on social media to mark the anniversary.