THE leader of Staffordshire County Council has paid tribute to Stephen Sutton, the teenager who raised more than £3million for charity while capturing the hearts of the public.
Stephen’s mother Jane said that the 19-year-old cancer patient passed away in his sleep during the early hours this morning.
Councillor Philip Atkins has joined a growing list of celebrities paying tribute to the Burntwood teenager. He said: “Stephen was an ordinary boy who has left an extraordinary legacy. He will be remembered not just for the millions of pounds he raised, but for his remarkable spirit, bravery and sheer selfless determination to help other young cancer sufferers.
“Stephen’s story is truly an inspirational one and the county shares in the absolute sadness of losing one of Staffordshire’s most courageous sons at such a young age. Our thoughts are, of course, very much with his family today.”
Stephen was diagnosed with terminal cancer when he was 15 and had drawn up a bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died. One of his goals was to raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust but soon went above and beyond his target after his story spread through social media. The host of his fund raising page, Justgiving, said that the total had increased by £60,000 within hours of his mother’s Facebook post.
Donations can still be made to the Teenage Cancer Trust via Stephen’s page, www.justgiving.com/stephen-sutton-tct