Prime Minister pays tribute to ‘inspiring’ Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton

The Prime Minister has hailed record-breaking Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton as an “inspiring individual”.

Stephen Sutton with David Cameron

Stephen Sutton with David Cameron

His comments came after it was revealed the 19-year-old – who died of cancer last month – had been awarded an MBE.

The former Chase Terrace Technology College student’s fundraising drive for the Teenage Cancer Trust has now topped the £4.2million mark.

And David Cameron said he hoped Stephen’s legacy could be continued.

“Stephen was an absolutely inspiring individual, and his zest for life, even as he was suffering from a very difficult and progressive cancer, was completely extraordinary and very inspiring,” said the Prime Minister.

“He raised a huge amount of money for teenage cancer services, and he raised it from right around the world as well as the UK.

“I think it is right that our honours system properly rewards people who give to charity, and who give of their time, from the very bottom to the very top.

“There is probably more we can do to make sure that our honours system really reflects what the British public want, which is to see giving, generosity and compassion rewarded.”

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