592. Jane Sutton
Jane Sutton is continuing her son Stephen's legacy by fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Jane, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, is continuing the remarkable work of her son Stephen Sutton, who, despite facing his own incurable cancer, inspired millions around the world with his positive attitude, to raise funds and awareness for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Since Stephen passed away, Jane has undertaken several gruelling challenges including completing the London Marathon; setting a world record for the most tandem skydives in twenty-four hours and earlier this month climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa. In doing so, she has continued to raise awareness of the work and raise tens of thousands of pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust. Stephen’s fundraising total now stands in excess of £5.6million and continues to rise. Jane is an Ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust.
In a personal letter to Jane, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“The courage and dedication you have shown to continue Stephen’s legacy is inspiring. Your work to raise more funds and awareness for Teenage Cancer Trust will mean that this important cause can continue to support young people with cancer for years to come.”
“It’s such an honour to receive a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister, Theresa May. I’d like to think everyone who has continued to follow ‘Stephen’s Story’, since he passed away nearly two and a half years ago, will share this award, as it is they who have helped me continue Stephen’s legacy and support the continuing work of Teenage Cancer Trust”.
Jane’s local MP, Michael Fabricant said:
“Despite her own loss, Jane has been truly inspirational in her determination to further Stephen’s work which touched the lives of millions of people and raised so much in support of teenagers living with cancer. I’m delighted she’s being named a Point of Light by the Prime Minister. She, together with her son, are a credit to our community.”
Kate Collins, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
“We are so pleased that Jane’s determination, commitment and positivity is being recognised by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, with the Points of Light award. From jumping out of a plane, to training for and running marathons and scaling mountains, Jane has continued her son Stephen’s legacy. She is tireless in raising vital funds to make sure young people with cancer across the UK don’t face it alone and we are all grateful to her and everyone who supports her.”