Stephen Sutton: £1.5 million raised for Teenage Cancer Trust will make "transformational difference"
Thursday 24 April 2014
The Teenage Cancer Trust has said that that the money raised by terminally-ill teenager Stephen Sutton will make a “transformational difference” for young cancer sufferers in Britain - after donations reached £1.5 million.
The terminally-ill teenager who has been suffering from colorectal cancer since the age of 15, started out with the goal of raising £10,000 for the charity. However, after beating that target in just a matter of weeks he then set his sights on raising £1 million.
On Tuesday, Sutton posted a message on his Facebook where he said it would be his “last thumbs up” and that he was coming to the end of what was a “wonderful journey.”
The post saw a massive outpouring of support for the 19-year-old across social media sites, with celebrities such as Clare Balding, Jason Manford and Piers Morgan all encouraging people to donate to Stephen’s Just Giving page.
A wave of donations followed, and the amount of money raised by Stephen for the Teenage Cancer grew from £600,000 to £1.5 million in just two days.
This, according to Kate Collins a director at the charity, will be “enormous” for the charity and said the level of donations from the public has been “hugely touching.”
Speaking to the BBC she said: "It's enormous for the Teenage Cancer Trust. We're a small charity, the only charity that helps children aged between 13 and 24 years old."
"Stephen is making the most transformational difference for us. It's very hard to talk about the scale of difference his money is going to make."
After reaching the million mark yesterday Stephen hit twitter posting “Wow. Just wow. The whole situation is breathtaking!!”
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