Friday 21st October 2016
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 us.
Jane, who is an Official Ambassador, has undertaken several gruelling challenges including completing the London Marathon; setting a world record for the most tandem skydives in 24 hours and earlier this month climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa. In doing so, she has continued to raise awareness of our work and raise tens of thousands of pounds to support our vital work. Stephen's fundraising total now stands in excess of £5.6million.
Jane is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
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.
Jane is the 592nd winner of the Points of Light award which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA and was first established by President George H. W. Bush. Over 5,000 US Points of Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across the country.
Regardless of whether it's a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Point of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.
"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 2 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."