Thousands Pay Their Respects To Cancer Fundraiser Stephen Sutton

The teenager inspired people to donate over £4 million to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

1. A two-day vigil is being held at Lichfield Cathedral in Staffordshire for Stephen Sutton, the 19-year-old who raised millions of pounds for charity after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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2. A crowd of around two thousand people lined the streets outside the cathedral as his coffin was transported from his home in Burntwood.

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3. The mourners then patiently queued up to pay their respects to the inspirational teenager.

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4. Sutton made headlines around the world after raising millions for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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5. He was told he had bowel cancer at the age of 15 and then informed two years later it was terminal.

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6. After his diagnosis he drew up a bucket list, which included raising £10,000 for charity.

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That figure was smashed after his campaign “Stephen’s Story” began to trend across Twitter and Facebook, with numerous celebrities championing his efforts.

At the time of writing £4.06 million had been raised.

7. Sutton died on May 14, promoting tributes from hundreds of thousands of people, including the prime minister.

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8. At the vigil, his mother Jane asked people to join a “Thumbs Up For Stephen” event on social media at 11am on Friday, inspired by one of his last Facebook posts.

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9. She also said the vigil should be a “sunshine celebration”.

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10. Dean of Lichfield, the Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, said Sutton had showed “how to make the unacceptable, beautiful”.

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11. “He chose to share his exuberance with us, not his pain,” he added.

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12. “He’s been an inspiration and we all want to share in the sense of grateful, hopeful possibility … He was one of those very rare people who’ve helped us live our lives with generosity.”

Sutton’s family will hold a private funeral after the two-day vigil ends.

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Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
 
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