Twitter Users Simultaneously Post “Thumbs Up” Pictures In Memory Of Stephen Sutton


1. Thousands of people have posted pictures of themselves on Twitter giving a “thumbs up” sign in memory of cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton.

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2. The 19-year-old died on May 14 after losing his battle with cancer.

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3. The teenager from Burntwood, Staffordshire, inspired people to donate over £4 million to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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4. A two-day vigil is currently being held at Lichfield Cathedral for people who want to pay their respects to the inspirational teenager.

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5. His mother Jane asked people to join a “Thumbs Up For Stephen” thunderclap on Twitter at 11am on Friday, inspired by one of his last Facebook posts.

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6. And at 11am, thousands of people uploaded pictures of themselves giving a “thumbs up”.

Team at @ITVCentral #ThumbsUpForStephen RIP

— Mike Dolan (@MikeDolanTV)
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7. #ThumbsUpForStephen soon became the top trending term in the UK.

In memory of an inspirational young man here’s our #ThumbsupforStephen, love from all at Macmillan

— Macmillan Cancer (@macmillancancer)
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The thoughts of the club are today with the family & friends of the inspirational Stephen Sutton #ThumbsUpForStephen

— WBAFCofficial (@WBAFCofficial)
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Our Graham with his tribute to the inspirational @_stephensstory #thumbsupforstephen

— Wolves (@OfficialWolves)
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Celebrating an amazing person. A big #ThumbsUpForStephen from @MottMacDonald Birmingham.

— Simon Denton (@buildbod)
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Big up, shout out and #ThumbsUpForStephen you legend! Rest in peace. Love Capital x

— Dan and Katy (@danandkaty)
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#thumbsupforstephen from the @natwestbusiness West Midlands community &enterprise team #selfie

— Lee Currier (@LeeCurrier)
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#ThumbsUpForStephen from all of us at HQ in London x

— BreastCancerCampaign (@BCCampaign)
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What a scene! Hear the applause at Lichfield Cathedral as hundreds gave a #ThumbsUpForStephen

— Express & Star (@ExpressandStar)
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Here's the @skynews crew & our #thumbsupforstephen

— Lisa Dowd Sky News (@LisaSkyNews)
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Teenage Cancer Trust Donations - Text STEPHEN to 70300 to give ਵ in his memory! #thumbsupforstephen

— Supt Kevin Purcell (@SuptNorthWorcs)
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17. Sutton’s family will hold a private funeral after the vigil at Lichfield Cathedral ends.

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Richard James is the UK news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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