Funds pay for unit revamp

Teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton
Teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton
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A hospital unit in Sheffield is line for a major refurbishment - after being given £144,000 from a £5 million pot raised by teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton before his death.

Stephen, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15, won the hearts of thousands of supporters with his fundraising efforts for the Teenage Cancer Trust during his final months.

The teenager drew up a ‘bucket list’ which included the aim of raising £10,000 for the trust - but after his death earlier this year, aged 19, he had inspired people to donate a total of £4.9 million.

The charity has now revealed its ‘ambitious’ plans for Stephen’s legacy.

In Sheffield, £144,000 will be invested in improving the five-bed teenage cancer unit at Weston Park Hospital, including installing showers instead of bathrooms, putting in a new kitchen unit, and providing fresh wall art.

As well as funding new and refurbished units at six other NHS hospitals in England and Scotland, the money will also pay for the foundation of 50 scholarships to train specialist nurses.

Remaining funds will be used to allow 1,500 young patients to attend special events where they can learn, share experiences and make friends.

Stephen, from Staffordshire, became well-known for his trademark ‘thumbs up’ sign, and was awarded an MBE before he died.

Teenage Cancer Trust’s chief executive Siobhan Dunn said: “Stephen’s gift to a charity of our size is more than money.

“The awareness raised of cancer in young people, and new supporters inspired by Stephen, will be essential if we are to help every young person with cancer who needs us.”

Stephen’s mother Jane Sutton said her son was ‘courageous and inspirational’.