Teenager with terminal cancer raises more than £1.5m for Teenage Cancer Trust

Stephen Sutton set out to raise the funds as part of a wish list of things he wanted to do before he died

Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton

A teenage blogger with terminal bowel cancer has raised more than £1.5m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Nineteen-year-old Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with the disease aged 15 and began raising money for the charity as part of a "bucket list" of activities that he wanted to complete before he died.

His initial list, which also included crowdsurfing in a rubber dinghy at a gig, hugging an elephant and meeting the comedian Jimmy Carr, included raising £10,000 for the charity, which he later revised to £1m.

Sutton yesterday posted his final message to followers on Facebook, prompting a surge of donations: the total amount raised for the charity on his JustGiving fundraising page passed £1.5m from more than 63,000 donations.

He told followers that future updates would be made by a family member.

His final Facebook message said: "It's a final thumbs up from me. I've done well to blag things as well as I have up till now, but unfortunately I think this is just one hurdle too far."

Responding to passing his £1m fundraising target, he tweeted: "But seriously, wow. Just wow. Thank you all so much."

Siobhan Dunn, chief executive of the Teenage Cancer Trust, said Sutton was "the most inspiring young man and ambassador for the charity".

She said: "Stephen is making the biggest possible difference to the Teenage Cancer Trust and the young people who need our help. We’re a relatively small charity and Stephen has inspired his family, friends and communities up and down the country to raise more than £1.5m – and it’s still climbing. This is a remarkable amount that will help us to support many more young people with cancer."

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