Haydock-based firm promises five figure donation to Steve Prescott Foundation as part of birthday celebrations

Card payment specialists Handepay are celebrating a decade in business with a pledge to donate £10,000 to the Steve Prescott Foundation over the next year.

Alongside an initial donation of £1,000, the company donated further funds raised by a raffle held during the celebrations.

The Steve Prescott Foundation was founded by former St Helens rugby ace, Steve Prescott, after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Steve’s wife Linzi Prescott was present to accept the cheque and join the birthday fun with staff at Handepay’s head office at Westway Park.

Andy Peake, Managing Director at Handepay, said, “Our company is founded on helping other businesses to save and make money and after 10 fantastic years of being able to do so, we wanted to celebrate with a local charity close to the hearts and minds of all the staff here.”

Martin Blondel from the Steve Prescott Foundation added “This generous donation from Handepay will go a long way to helping in the local community and to us reaching our million pound mark in donations to our charitable causes. Our benefactors include Try Assist who support rugby players seriously affected by injury or illness and The Christie hospital in Manchester, both of whom will be so grateful for this donation and the work it will help them to do. The recently formed SPF Special Causes Fund will support hospitals, researchers and surgeons who deal in Psuedomyxoma related conditions and multi visceral transplantation and ensure that the donations  will have a direct and significant effect on people’s lives.”

Staff at Handepay, some of whom have friends or family benefitting from the treatment and services provided by The Christie cancer treatment centre in Manchester, selected the charity as a local good cause. Handepay will be raising the £10,000 through a mixture of fundraising activities over the course of the next year.