Stephen Sutton: Terminally-ill teenager passes £3m charity milestone
The terminally-ill teenager whose inspirational fundraising mission went viral last week has now raised more than £3 million.
19-year-old Stephen Sutton, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer three years ago, had originally hoped to raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
But after he posted an emotional farewell message to followers of his Facebook page Stephen’s Story, support flooded in across social media platforms, with celebrities such as Clare Balding, Jason Mannford and Piers Morgan all encouraging people to donate to the cause.
Writing from his hospital bed on Monday - following Sunday night's last-minute fundraising gig organised by Manford - Sutton thanked those who had helped reach the charity milestone.
Posting a trademark thumbs-up picture, Sutton wrote: “One week ago I posted a thumbs up farewell photo that went viral. As mentioned, at that point I genuinely thought I was a goner, but one week on I'm still here!
"To celebrate still being here after this crazy week, to celebrate this wonderful journey called life, and to celebrate being part of raising over £3 million for Teenage Cancer Trust. Here's a huge thumbs up from me!"
Manford, who met Sutton at a charity gig two years ago, visited the teenager at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Thursday. He has been the most active supporter of the fundraising effort and said he was touched because Sutton, despite being ill in bed, was "talking about putting the fun into fundraising".
Sutton, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, set up a "bucket list" last year of things he wanted to achieve before he died - including raising £10,000 for the trust.
Writing again on Monday after news of the charity landmark broke, he said: “It still might not be long (fingers crossed it is though) but due to the circumstances, I feel very fortunate to be here, and every second alive feels very special!!”
To donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust, visit justgiving.com/Stephen-Sutton-TCT
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