Comic calls for people to keep backing fundraising Burntwood teen

People have been urged to keep on donating to a Burntwood teenager’s charity drive after it surpassed his £1million target.

Following a post by Stephen Sutton revealing that his battle with incurable cancer was coming to end, donations poured in from across the globe.

Jason Manford with Stephen Sutton

Jason Manford with Stephen Sutton

The total raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust pushed past the £1million mark yesterday afternoon (April 23), with a number of celebrities taking to social media to back the cause.

Among them was Jason Manford, who donated £10,000 and urged people to help reach the milestone.

And now he is calling for the good work to continue.

“Stephen dedicated his last few years of life to raising money and helping others,” the comedian said. “He did amazingly well to raise £560,000 and with the help of others all over the world we managed to fulfil his dream of raising over £1million for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“But why are we stopping. We haven’t cured cancer, but we can help make the lives of thousands of teenagers who are dealing with cancer and those yet to be diagnosed a hell of a lot easier.”

Jason has now urged people to start a #thumbsupforStephen campaign to raise even more money and push the total towards £2million.

Jason Manford's #thumbsupforStephen picture

Jason Manford’s #thumbsupforStephen picture

“He gave us a thumbs up,” he said. “Let’s give him one back.”

People are being asked to post a selfie of themselves giving a thumbs up on Facebook and Twitter, together with the link to Stephen’s JustGiving page.

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