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Sutton friends break skydive record

Published 10/07/2015

Stephen Sutton's mother Jane and brother Chris take part in a skydive in Lincolnshire (Teenage Cancer Trust/PA)
Stephen Sutton's mother Jane and brother Chris take part in a skydive in Lincolnshire (Teenage Cancer Trust/PA)
Stephen Sutton raised millions for charity before his untimely death

Friends and family of campaigner Stephen Sutton have broken a skydiving world record in his memory.

Mr Sutton died aged 19 in May last year after raising mor e than £5 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Staffordshire teenager chronicled his three-year battle against bowel cancer on social media and created a bucket list of things he wanted to achieve in the time he had left.

His loved ones today ticked number 34 on that list - "Get my name into the Guinness Book of World Records somehow" - by setting a new record for the most tandem parachute jumps within 24 hours at a single venue.

The Teenage Cancer Trust said it had received confirmation that the attempt had broken the Guinness World Record, and has been presented with a certificate. Some 402 people successfully completed 403 jumps - with one participant stepping up to do it twice.

Mr Sutton's mother, Jane, was among those who threw themselves out of a plane at 10,000 ft (3,048m) to help raise money and awareness for Teenage Cancer Trust.

She said: "We all did Stephen proud today by smashing the record and carrying on his fundraising legacy. Thank you to everyone who took part, it's been such an amazing day.

"Stephen was adventurous, had no fear and lived his life with no regrets. He would have been so impressed to see how many people he inspired to jump out of a plane today."

Mr Sutton's brother, Chris, and grandmother, Ann, also took part in the event, which was staged at Lincolnshire's Hibaldstow airfield.

Three planes were in constant use over 12 hours, and around 30 instructors from around the UK were called in to assist.

In the weeks and months leading up to his death, Mr Sutton had begun recruiting people to take part in the attempt, but was unable to see his plans fulfilled.

Kate Collins, director of fundraising and marketing at Teenage Cancer Trust, who took part in the skydive herself, said: "Stephen has helped Teenage Cancer Trust move our work for young people with cancer forwards and, even after his death, his positivity and inspiration continues.

"Not only did we smash the Guinness World Records title today but we have so far raised over £150,000 that will help support teenagers and young adults across the UK facing a diagnosis of cancer."

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