22.4.14

Stephen's Story

Hello, lovely readers. A slightly rushed but urgent post tonight. Last Wednesday evening I was privileged to witness a life changing inspirational speech by a lovely local lad, Stephen Sutton (young man in hoodie with crutches behind) who has incurable cancer. I chatted to him at the end of the evening and asked his permission to blog about his positivity and fund raising. He was keen for me to do this and to use social media to publicise my post. Little did we know... I should have written this post a week ago because Stephen is now living his last few days after unfortunately suffering lung complications over the weekend. 

Stephen is a normal 19 year old teenager with incurable cancer just trying to life as much as 
possible, whilst trying to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. Last year he posted his bucket list online and started blogging his journey on https://www.facebook.com/StephensStory.

His initial target was to raise £10,000 for fellow sufferers but so far (tonight) he has raised £641,108. 01 and 64% of his £1,000, 000 target.

If you feel able please visit his fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Sutton-TCT to donate whatever you can afford and help smash his target. If you have a twitter account please retweet #stephenstory as much as you can. Jason Manford and Clare Balding have already tweeted his cause so please join in the party. 

I leave you with this, his motivational speech delivered to the O2 Arena in front of 4,000 people in January earlier this year. Such wise words....  introduced by Clare Balding, no less. What a lovely, mature and giving guy. 




Thank you Stephen for your inspiration. 



12 comments:

  1. I've just donated £5 to the Teenage Cancer Trust by texting 70500. Stephen is an absolute inspiration and a real reminder to treasure every moment of life x

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    1. Absolutely there's so much I could have written about this lovely young man xxx

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  2. what a lovely young man claire. what an inspiration. x

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  3. This is so sad to read but what a great man he is.

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  4. How very sad for him to have his life cut short.

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  5. What an inspiration he is. So sad, but what a difference he will have made to others.

    X x

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  6. I've popped over and donated too. This is such a sad story and I'm happy to donate to important charity like this. It's great to see many others are hearing about this and making Stephens goal look like it will soon be reached.
    Jacquie x

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  7. How brilliant that he has turned his thoughts to others and their needs.

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  8. I was just listening to his story on the radio this morning - he's more than reached his target already! What a remarkable person he is. Thank you for sharing his story here Claire. x

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  9. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. It must have been wonderful meeting him.So sad things have deteriorated over the weekend. Have just been over to donate now standing at 1.4 million. Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah and others. Now standing at 1.51 million. He deserves this recognition and support!

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