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Stephen Sutton’s death marked one year on

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The Teenage Cancer Trust has revealed some of the £4.5m raised by the young cancer sufferer has gone to hospitals in Scotland as #thumbsupforStephen trends

The one year anniversary of the death of fundraiser and teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton has been marked around the UK on Twitter.

Stephen, from Staffordshire, captured the heart of the nation before he died on 14 May 2014 due to his efforts to raise as much money as possible for The Teenage Cancer Trust.

His plight gained the attention of the masses after he posted an online bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died, and comedian Jason Manford shared his posts on Facebook.

It included raising £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, however at the time of his death Stephen had smashed that target raising over £3 million – with the figure now having reached £4.5m.

To mark his anniversary people have been posting pictures on Twitter with their thumbs up in a copycat style pose of the one Stephen posted of himself during his illness, using the hashtag #thumbsupforStephen.

Stephen's legacy will benefit so many other young people diagnosed with cancer in the future

Meanwhile, the Teenage Cancer Trust has revealed some of the money donated is being used for training for nurses and support staff and establishing support networks.

The charity is funding scholarships in young adult cancer care at Coventry University in the next academic year and peer to peer support events have been held as well as making information digitally available for young patients.

Earlier this year it revealed it was funding specialist units in hospitals in Scotland, including in Edinburgh, Glasgow with a unit in the Southern General in Glasgow due to open soon.

Elsewhere units in hospitals in London, Liverpool, Oxford, Nottingham and Sheffield have also received money.

The charity’s Michelle Aucott, said Stephen was "an amazing young man who inspired so many with his powerful story and incredible positivity”. She added: "Stephen's legacy will benefit so many other young people diagnosed with cancer in the future."

Stephen's mother Jane said: "Today marks the end of one and the start of a new chapter of Stephen's journey. He may no longer be with us in person... but his influence will remain.

"He demonstrated how incredibly powerful small positive acts can be when lots of people get involved.

"Of course I miss Stephen, there's an enormous void which he used to occupy. However, I'm so proud of everything he has achieved."



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