Stephen Sutton: Tributes to young man who raised £3m in three weeks

Stephen Sutton: Tributes to young man who raised £3m in three weeks
Stephen Sutton, 19, who sadly passed away in his sleep (Picture: Newsteam)

The mother of a teenager who raised more than £3million for a cancer charity before his death from the disease has paid tribute to her "courageous, selfless, inspirational son".

Stephen Sutton's story went viral after the county-level athlete, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, uploaded an emotional farewell message on the Facebook page he used to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning.

Stephen's mother, Jane Sutton

Siobhan Dunn, the chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: "Stephen was an exceptional young man. He will be remembered for his incredible positivity by all who met or connected with him."

At the time of his death, Mr Sutton had raised 3.24m for the charity, with the total since rising to 3.6million.

Mr Sutton was first diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 15. In 2012 he was told his condition was incurable and in April this year he filmed a moving final farewell, believing he was about to die.

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