30/09/2014

Pride Of Britain Award For Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton is to be the first person to be awarded a posthumous Pride of Britain award. The teenager, and cancer fundraiser, died in May.

Before his death, the 19-year-old launched an appeal in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. It raised almost £5m.

It is understood the award will be presented to the teenager's mother, Jane, next week at the awards ceremony. It will be presented by Teenage Cancer Trust supporters, including comedian Jason Manford. Mr Manford, who supported Sutton's fundraising attempts earlier this year, is quoted as saying: "He was an amazing lad and a credit to humanity – he is the Pride of Britain."

Ms Sutton said her son would have been "honoured" to receive a Pride of Britain award.

Mr Sutton was first diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 15. He compiled a "bucket list" of things he wanted to achieve before he died. He achieved a number of items on the list, but as his health deteriorated he turned his attention to raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Of the money raised, the trust has said £2.9m has been used to establish specialist cancer units for young people, while £1.2m would be invested in training future cancer nurses and support staff.

A further £500,000 will be spent on improving the charity's cancer information services for young patients.

The Pride of Britain awards will be held at Grosvenor House, London, next Monday.

(JP/CD)

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