Stephen's Story

19 year old teenager fighting 'incurable' cancer. Raised over £560,000 in a year. Motivational speaker and happiest guy alive. Feel free to follow my journey!!
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I now even have a brand new website too- ooooooh!

Jul 21

Pride of Britain Awards 2014

Ok this is my third and final request for everyone to vote for an award for Stephen. A few months back when Stephen came to the attention of the nation there were many of you who said he should be nominated for the Pride of Britain Awards in 2014.These awards celebrate the awe-inspiring achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place. I’ve been asked by so many people to let everyone know who reads this page that the official nominations form is now available to fill in on line by clicking on the link below or a nomination form can be collected from your local Lidl store. The form does ask for an award category and I think Stephen meets the criteria for a few of them.If you decide to nominate him it doesn’t matter which category you choose as the judging panel reserve the right to select the category for the nominee to be considered in. All nominations must be received by midnight on Friday 15th August. So, let’s see what we can achieve for Stephen by putting in that nomination and allowing his story to be broadcast in a primetime slot on ITV to five million viewers …….wow !! Thank you Jane x http://ift.tt/145uLZu
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Jul 20

JustGiving Awards Voting App

JustGiving Awards Finalist Stephen has been selected as a finalist in the outstanding commitment to fundraising category in this year’s JustGiving Awards. The JustGiving Awards celebrate the amazing things people do for the causes they care about. Nominations are made by members of the public and this year there were over 2,500 entries so I’m very proud of Stephen’s achievement in getting this far. The awards have been whittled down to a shortlist by a team at JustGiving and now,for the first time the public have the opportunity to decide the winners.So to everyone who thinks that Stephen deserves to win please can you vote for him by following this link http://ift.tt/1tmYVzy Voting is open until Saturday 23rd August and the finalists with the most votes will receive the JustGiving trophy for their category. Please share the link with friends and family and spread the word that Stephen is a finalist. Thank you Jane x
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Jul 19

Fixers | National Lottery Good Causes

Does everyone remember when Stephen became a Fixer so that he could become involved with the the Good Gestures Day in 2013 ? Then on Saturday 10th May 2014 he participated in National Good Gestures Day and created a campaign, with the help of Fixers, to spread happiness and positivity. More than 320 of his friends and supporters gathered at ten locations nationwide to dole out free high-fives, handshakes, hugs and fist bumps to passing members of the public. Well now Fixers need your help as they are finalist for Best UK Charity in the National Lottery Awards. They need thousands of people to vote for them if they’re to stand a chance of winning as they’re up against some big names and Fixers is a little known charity. Wouldn’t it be great for the 13,000 young people who have already become Fixers – like Stephen and his friends – to get the national recognition they deserve for doing good things to help others? The vote closes on Wednesday at midnight so we have to be quick! It’s only takes two clicks and an email, and you’re not signing up for anything. Vote now to support Stephen’s National Good Gestures Campaign with Fixers! Go to http://ift.tt/1jKMJZ7 and click ‘Vote’. You can watch Stephen’s film on there to see what he did with Fixers and why it was so important to him. Ask everyone you know to vote too! And let FixersUK know when you’ve done it so they can say a big thank you.
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Jul 5

Oh well I haven’t managed to update this page as often as I intended but my excuse is that I went back to work on Monday 23rd June so have been juggling that with the numerous charity events that are being organised in Stephen’s name. There’s a few events that I’ve attended that I’ll mention here but I know that there’s lots more happening elsewhere so massive thanks to everyone who has been ,is,or will be involved in fundraising for Stephen’s Story x 26th June Happy List Party On the 25th May Stephen was listed in the Indepependent on Sunday Happy List for 2014.Founded as an an antidote to all those rich lists and celebrity lists it celebrates a different set of values,those who start charities ,give huge amounts of time to volunteering ,raising money and much more The party was held in London to celebrate the 100 people who made the list and enriched our lives in 2014.It was an honour to be invited there and chat with some of the wonderful individuals who were on the list. Well done to the Independent on Sunday for organising this event and for the uniqueness of the list. 28th June Thumbs up Summer Ball What a fantastic night this was - Nicky,Stuart ,Kerry and Deb you did an amazing job.Before we even entered the Tower Suite music was provided by the Chase Terrace Technology College band,once inside the hospitality continued and entertainment was provided by Alan Hazel ,The Pandemonium Drummers,Jean Martyn and local band The Shine who were billed as the’ultimate party band’ and certainly lived up to this .Again too many people to mention but thanks to everyone who got involved with this event.I met some wonderful people and had a fabulous night .Final thanks to Hewkin Executive Vehicle Hire for taking myself and friends to Drayton Manor and getting us all home safely. 1st July National Enterprise Challenge -Trentham Gardens The aim of this day was simple ;to help improve the enterprise skills of young people across the UK.’Enterprise skills’ is usually used when referring to the task of giving people the skills to be an entrepreneur ,or the skills to start a business.To the organisation who run this event the belief is that ‘enterprise’ is a set of skills needed to excel,not just in school or the workplace ,but in everyday life.Those skills include teamwork ,communication ,leadership and presentation.It was an absolute honour to be invited to witness the confident,postive and inspirational young people who took part. It was a memorable day and one of the reasons for being invited was for the presentation of the 2014 Harry Moseley Award.Myself and Stephen’s friend James accepted this award from Georgina Moseley on behalf of Stephen and then everyone took part in a thumbs up which you can see in the photo below. Thank you to Ben and Michael Dyer (co-founders Youth Enterprise)and the rest of the team who organised this event and who had previously supported Stephen - the work you do is phenomenal. 3rd July Thumbs Up for Stephen Award at Boney Hay School Boney Hay School inaugurated an award called “Thumbs Up for Stephen” which will be presented to a Year 6 pupil each year.The award will go to to someone who has made the most of every second of their time spent at the school irrelevant of how long they have been there. Thank you for inviting me to present the award which fits so much with Stephen’s legacy.A great nights entertainment was provided by all the pupils who took part in ‘Boney Hay Got Talent’

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Jun 26

Everyone knows how amazing Stephen was.However,I also have another amazing son,Christopher who has been studying for the past 4 years at University College London.Yesterday he got his results and he will graduate with a First Class Honours degee in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics. Christopher,your achievements are incredible and I’m so proud of you. What makes this all the more impressive is that Chris was sitting his finals when Stephen was admitted to hospital in April then had to sit the remaining three after Stephen passed away.Despite all this he still managed to average 81% in those exams (around 87% across the 4 years). Congratulations Chris you’re a star or “awesome” which is how Stephen would have described you.Go out there now and celebrate in style - you so deserve it xx

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Update for Wristband Orders When Stephen first placed his Stephen’s Story wristbands for sale on his website he anticipated that there would be minimal orders.He certainly did not expect the level of orders that flooded in after his facebook post on the 22nd April when over 800 orders were placed. Whilst this was fantastic news for his fundraising it also created a small administrative problem as previously Stephen would write out the envelopes,pop the wristbands inside and ask me to post them.Clearly this was not possible with such a backlog of orders to deal with.So with the help of Pixelloop,Design Pit and Print&Digital who provided pre-printed address labels and Chase Terrace Technology College who dealt with the admin side the majority of orders placed up to 8th June (invoice numbers up to 1957) should now have been received. However,if you have not received your order and it was placed before this date can you check that you provided address details .If you didn’t please forward them to stephen@stephensstory.co.uk quoting your invoice/order number. Thank you all for your patience as I’m aware that some of you were waiting for over 6 weeks for your orders. Any orders placed since the 9th June are currently being dealt with and should be with you shortly.

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Jun 25

Here’s the last few updates then I can move onto future events……… 13th-15th June DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL The festival’s official facebook page read “In recognition of his epic fundraising and for being an inspiration to us all ……we’ve decided to name the main stage the Stephen Sutton stage at this years festival.We’ll also be helping to keep the fundraising going at Download too.Rock in peace Stephen”. Stephen knew about the stage being renamed but what he didn’t know was that 50,000 fans held a minutes applause and gave a thumbs up……how awesome was that? Stephen’s friends were there to witness it and were overwhelmed.One of them said “people come to Download to see world famous bands and they’re clapping and cheering for our mate”. Saturday 21st June NEON BROTHERHOOD AT THE CAVERN CLUB Neon Brotherhood released their charity single ‘Hope Ain’t a Bad Thing’ on 2nd June.After less than 48 hours on sale it catapaulted to number 5 in the charts behind Ed Sheeran eventually ending up at number 16 in the official UK charts.What an amazing achievement for the 40 musicians from Neon Studios in Burntwood who got together because they either knew Stephen,rehearsed with him or were just simply inspired by him. To be invited to perform the song at the Cavern Club in Liverpool was a fantastic opportunity and a great night was had by all.It was well deserved after all the hard work and effort demonstrated by everyone involved.What a fantastic group of people and can’t wait for our next night at the Cavern Club :-)) A massive thank you to Shire Travel International from Cannock for providing the coach,adorned with yellow ribbons,that enabled us to get to and from Liverpool in style,for which no charge was made. Other notable events to mention were the Slam Dunk Festival on 26th May in Wolverhampton which raised money in memory of Stephen following his famous crowd surfing dinghy ride in 2013. Lastly,at the Great Midlands Fun Run held on the 1st June in Sutton Coldfield there was a ‘thumbs up’ in memory of Stephen.He was intending to participate by being pushed around the course in a wheelchair and his runner number was 4097.The official video for 2014 concluded with a photo of Stephen alongside his race number with the words “In memory of Stephen Sutton an inspirational fundraiser”.

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Jun 23

…………and now on to the rest of the updates that I referred to yesterday Sunday 8th June – STEPHEN SUTTON RIDE OUT 2014 This second ride out organised by Colin and Elaine Jacques was described as a “runaway success”. Colin led the riders, and I was his pillion passenger which was an amazing experience. I’d been out on a test run the previous week so this was my second time on a motorbike but I was really looking forward to it as this was on my list of things that I wanted to do. It was an incredible sight looking behind to see all the other bikes following all decked out with yellow ribbons. Support along the route was fantastic, and especially so when we arrived in Burntwood where supporters gave the symbolic thumbs up. Graham Shaw’s bike, which was yellow, was selected to carry the marker for Ste’s seat. The event raised over £7000, and even though it was a poignant event, everyone who played a part enjoyed themselves and took pride in being part of it. Huge thanks go out to everyone involved with the day who helped to make it such a triumph. Can’t wait for next year! Friday 6th June – PARTY FOR STEPHEN This was an impromptu party organised by Stephen’s friends, which turned out to be a well attended night with a balloon release, barbeque, and disco. As usual it was a great atmosphere and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thanks to Groovey Nights Disco, the guys from Studio 42 for cooking the burgers and sausage, and for all Stephen’s (and my) incredible friends who helped make the event such a success. It raised over £900 for Teenage Cancer Trust and we all had a fabulous night. Thursday 12th June – WEST MIDLANDS NAME THEIR BABY ELEPHANT At the beginning of the month I received a phone call to ask if I was okay with the new calf at West Midlands Safari Park being called Sutton. I was over the moon. I’d already seen the media coverage of the new addition to the park, and my initial thought when I saw that Five (the elephant that Stephen hugged) was the mother was “awwhh that would be so lovely if the baby was named after Ste”. I went to the safari park on Friday 6th with my parents to meet Baby Sutton - all 20 stone of him! He was adorable, so so cute and I could have stayed to watch his antics all day. I fed his mom slices of bread and as small pieces fell to the floor Sutton attempted to pick them up – it was such an effort to get the bread into his mouth and it continually dropped back to the floor ……that certainly won’t be the case now as it was obvious he wasn’t a quitter! I am the proud owner of a beautiful framed photo of Baby Sutton taken when he was 4 weeks old. Huge thanks to Wendy and Bob for making us feel so welcome. Friday 13th June – 10.30pm ANNOUNCEMENT OF STEPHEN’S MBE After a fairly hectic day as the media reacted to rumours that Stephen was to receive an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, it was a huge relief when the news was finally out, and that at last I was able to share it. I was one incredibly proud mom, and it was made even more special by the fact that Stephen was aware he was to be awarded this honour. I will be collecting the medal on behalf of Stephen at a ceremony later in the year, and will update you all as to when this will be. Saturday 14th June – THUMBS UP FOR STEPHEN MINI FESTIVAL Around 3000 people attended this impressive event organised by Kate, Amanda and Jo who had been inspired by Stephen and wanted to do something to help raise funds. What they achieved in such a short period of time was truly amazing. Nine bands took to the stage during the festival; there was a balloon release, various stalls and a raffle with some incredible prizes. Money is still being collected from this event but the last I heard was that £15000 had been raised for Teenage Cancer Trust. It was twelve hours of great fun and was a fitting way to celebrate the official announcement of Stephen’s MBE. Well done and thank you to everyone involved in organising the event, volunteering on the day and who donated prizes or services free of charge, and to everyone who turned up and made it such a success. Wow…what a fantastic day!

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Jun 22

Well it’s been a very hectic few weeks since Stephen’s vigil and i haven’t had much opportunity to update this page. However this is my attempt at getting organised. Stephen always used to tell me that i needed to create a ‘to-do’ list, in fact one of my Mother’s Day presents from him was a note book to encourage me to do just that, that’s it in the photo below. As you can see it’s very small, and would be full up already had I attempted to write my list in it; it’s a very long one, Stephen certainly left me with a lot to do! I’m going to continue updating this page, so that everyone is aware of all the fundraising events that are continuing in Stephen’s name. I’ll be bringing the page up to date first though, so for a while the posts will be old news, so apologies in advance for that. 29th & 30th MAY - STEPHEN’S VIGIL & FUNERAL The vigil at the cathedral took lots of planning, but it was amazing what was achieved in a relatively short period of time. There are so many thank yous that I need to give and I know I’m bound to miss some people out. Huge thanks to all the staff at the cathedral, many of whom I didn’t get the chance to meet but who ensured the smooth running of an incredible two days. The Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, whose speeches at the opening and closing of the vigil were amazing and people continue to come up to me to tell me so. Christopher Gray, Operations Manager at the cathedral, who had his work cut out co-ordinating the entire thing, but how well everything went to plan is testament to how he rose to the challenge, especially the success of the ‘thumbs-up’ at 11am on the Friday. Neill Harvey-Smith, Director of Communications at the cathedral, for his work on the media side of things. Pandemonium Drummers for their continued support for Stephen, honorary drummer #1001 FM & J Wait, the funeral directors, for pulling out all the stops, and in particular Mark Simmonds and Hilary Al Rasheed, for the level of care and compassion shown throughout. The whole team was absolutely incredible. Elaine and Neil at Horsedrawn Occasions, for providing the beautiful white horses and carriage for Stephen’s journey into Lichfield, as well as Vicky and Jordan who were the two outriders. The police and the local council, for whom over the two days nothing was too much trouble, and ensured the event went ahead without any hiccups. The media for their excellent coverage, and respecting the family’s wishes. Thanks also to TCT, staff from CTTC, friends and family, who were an integral part of the two days, and who i know will continue to be there with support, and will continue to further Stephen’s legacy. The cards and letters from well-wishers, many of whom i don’t know personally, but who were so touched by Stephen’s Story they felt compelled to write to me. I’ve received over 200 cards and letters, there aren’t enough surfaces in the house to display them all on! And on the subject of cards, top marks to Royal Mail, as three quarters of the post received had no address, yet it still found its way through my letterbox. Ste’s wishes were for a massive celebration, and he certainly got that; everyone involved did him proud. Finally, a special mention for all the planned little touches over the two days, from the yellow plumes on the horses, to the yellow ribbons adorning everything you could possibly think of, and even the unplanned ones, the balloons forming a heart in the sky was truly special.

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Jun 4

Hope Aint A Bad Thing

Hi everyone Here’s the Amazon link to Hope Ain’t A Bad Thing.The charity single has already reached No.5 in the UK chart so thanks to everyone who has purchased it through i-tunes. Lets try and make it No.1. http://ift.tt/1p6Rr2j
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