Friday 13th June 2014
Siobhan Dunn, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
Stephen was an exceptional young man who told his own story in his own positive way and in doing so created the single biggest fundraising event in Teenage Cancer Trust’s history. His achievements are outstanding and it is wonderful to see him honoured in this way. Stephen didn’t measure life in time, preferring instead to measure it by the difference someone makes. He has made an enormous difference to Teenage Cancer Trust and the seven young people diagnosed with cancer every day who need our help.
Jane Sutton, Stephen’s mum said:
I am truly delighted and immensely proud that Stephen has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Shortly before Stephen passed away on the 14th May he received a letter from the Cabinet Office asking if he was agreeable to accepting an MBE in recognition of his fundraising and services to Teenage Cancer Trust. He thought it was an incredible honour to have been nominated and it definitely got the “thumbs up”. The MBE is a wonderful recognition of his amazing charity work and dedication to Teenage Cancer Trust whilst battling terminal cancer himself. It will help promote the continuing legacy of “Stephen's Story “ which has created a wave of awareness, engagement and giving that will potentially transform what Teenage Cancer Trust can achieve. Although Stephen continually told all of us that he didn’t do his charity work for recognition even he acknowledged that to be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire was “AWESOME”.