Burntwood teenager’s fundraising campaign smashes £3million barrier

A Burntwood teenager has seen his fundraising efforts smash through the £3million barrier.

Stephen Sutton, who has incurable cancer, has become known around the world after celebrities began to champion his cause.

He had hoped to raise £1million for the Teenage Cancer Trust, but feared it might not happen after he was taken into hospital when his condition deteriorated.

Stephen Sutton with Jason Manford

Stephen Sutton with Jason Manford

Comedian Jason Manford, who had previously met the 19-year-old at a Teenage Cancer Trust event, mobilised an army of well-wishers on social media to help him hit the target.

But the campaign has kept on growing and growing with more than 120,000 donations helping Stephen raise more than £3million for the charity.

In a column for the Mirror, Jason wrote: “Stephen is one of those rare humans who focuses on the amazing things that life has given him so far – on his family and friends, on the random crazy madcap year he has had raising money for a worthy cause.

“Well Stephen, you have achieved more in your short life than I and most people will achieve in a lifetime.

“You are a credit to your family, to Staffordshire, to Britain – and an absolute credit to humanity itself.”

People can still donate to Stephen via his JustGiving page.

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