Queen to honour Stephen Sutton


Published: Tuesday 11th November 2014 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

The mother of teenage cancer hero Stephen Sutton is to collect his MBE from the Queen today.

Jane Sutton will receive the honour at Buckingham Palace on behalf of her son, who died in May following a four-year battle against bowel cancer.

The 19-year-old, who was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 15, raised more than £5 million for charity and became a household name as he approached his disease with good humour and stoicism, with his trademark thumbs-up sign a symbol of his positive attitude.

He drew up a 46-item bucket list, including the aim of raising £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer patients, as well as providing specialist units in NHS hospitals.

By the time of his death, he had raised millions for the charity, inspiring people to donate through his JustGiving web page and his blog, Stephen’s Story.

The teenager, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, won the hearts of thousands of supporters, including Prime Minister David Cameron and comedian Jason Manford.

During his 44-month fight against metastatic bowel cancer, he also managed to go skydiving and play the drums at a Wembley cup final.

Stephen was told days before he died in May that he would be included on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Last month, Mrs Sutton accepted a posthumous award for Stephen at the Pride of Britain Awards.

Captain David Henson, of the Royal Engineers, who lost his legs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011, will also receive an MBE.

The soldier and athlete, from Southampton, was Britain’s team captain in Prince Harry’s Invictus Games and joined the Prince for a pint at the end of the competition to mark their shared 30th birthday.

Captain Michael Kennedy, also of the Royal Engineers, will be honoured for his bravery in Afghanistan with the Queen’s Gallantry Medal after he risked his life to defuse a bomb that was within minutes of being detonated by insurgents.

Other recipients at the Palace investiture will include actress Phyllida Law, the mother of Oscar winning star Emma Thompson, who is collecting an OBE for services to drama and charity work; former chancellor Ken Clarke, who will be made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for political service; writer Hunter Davies, who wrote the only authorised biography of the Beatles and is to receive an OBE; and David Gow, inventor of the revolutionary i-limb bionic hand, who will be presented with a CBE.

Published: Tuesday 11th November 2014 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Local business search