Dying Burntwood teenager’s fundraising fight reaches £1million

A worldwide effort has seen a Burntwood teenager raise £1million for charity.

Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton wrote earlier this week about nearing the end of his battle with incurable cancer.

The post sparked a flood of donations after a number of celebrities – led by comedian Jason Manford – backed his campaign to reach the milestone fundraising figure before his death.

The 19-year-old’s story featured on media around the world as news of his deteriorating condition broke.

He wrote on Facebook: “I will continue fighting for as long as I can and whatever happens next I want you all to know I am currently in a good place mentally and at ease with the situation.

“That’s it from me. But life has been good. Very good.”

Comic Jason Manford took up the challenge of smashing Stephen’s fundraising total through the £1million barrier.

He said: “Goodnight God bless Stephen Sutton, sleep peacefully knowing that you made a difference. I will remember you every time I catch myself taking life for granted.

“It was an honour to have met you, you superb boy.”

People can still donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust via Stephen’s JustGiving page.

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  1. Julian

    23rd April, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    We had the privilege of having Stephen talk at the Lichfield New Rotary meeting exactly seven days ago. He is a truly inspiring individual who has an amazing amount of positivity. The decline in his health and rapid rise in donations and media profile have been astonishing. If you have not seen him talk, then I strongly recommend this YouTube video.

    If you have not already done so, consider donating to Stephen’s fund on Just Giving.

  2. Wendi Evans

    23rd April, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Stephen you are a big inspiration to everyone, you have fought this cancer for a long time, god bless you, I lost my dad 21 weeks ago, he fought like you have, god bless you angel you deserve your wings xxxxxxx