Donations to teenager dying of bowel cancer surge past £3m mark

The Teenage Cancer Trust is benefiting from a page set up by Stephen Sutton, who last week blogged 'farewell', believing he was about to pass away

Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton

Donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust through the JustGiving page of Stephen Sutton, the 19-year-old blogger with terminal cancer, have passed £3m.

He prompted a surge of donations to the charity last week after posting a farewell fundraising plea on the social networking site Facebook.

Sutton, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15, started raising money for the charity as part of a wish list of activities he wanted to complete before he died. His initial aim was to raise £10,000 for the organisation, but he later revised this to £1m.

He posted yesterday: "One week ago I posted a ‘thumbs up farewell’ photo that went viral," he said. "At that point I genuinely thought I was a goner, but one week on I’m still here!"

Sutton said that his condition was improving in the short term. "We can optimistically look forward to a period of ‘future’ that at the beginning of the week seemed impossible," he wrote.

His JustGiving page has received more than 128,000 donations totalling more than £3.07m.

Siobhan Dunn, chief executive of the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: "Both Stephen and the Teenage Cancer Trust are completely overwhelmed by the phenomenal public and celebrity support that Stephen’s story has gained and is still continuing to gain.

"We’re not a huge charity and normally raise only about £12m a year, so to raise to date £3m will make a massive impact on our work and enable us to support so many more young people with cancer across the UK."

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