16/09/2014 13:02 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Stephen Sutton: £5 Million Legacy Of Inspirational Cancer Teen


Stephen Sutton, the cancer-stricken teenager who raised £3 million for charity, is continuing to change lives after his own death, with donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust reaching £5 million - enough to fund five new cancer wards.

When the altruistic youngster died aged 19 in May this year, after a four-year battle with colorectal cancer, he had already raised £3 million for the trust - 300 times more than the modest £10,000 he had originally set out to achieve.

His fundraising campaign, which was at the top of his 'bucket list', snowballed on social media, drawing in big-name celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Coldplay and comedians Jason Manford and Jimmy Carr.

Even after Stephen's death on 14 May, donations continued to pour in, adding a further £2 million to the total.

The plans for the money, outlined today by the Trust, show that the bulk of the donations, £2.9 million, will go towards the development of five new cancer units specialising in the care of teenage patients, as well as extensive refurbishment of two existing units.

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Other funds will be set aside to train new specialist cancer nurses and support workers, including 50 Stephen Sutton Scholarships operating through Coventry University, which offers a postgraduate course in teenage and young adult cancer care.

Another £500,000 will be invested in a new online resource aimed at teenagers diagnosed with cancer. It will help them connect with others in the same situation, as well as providing medical information and advice.

A further £200,000 will be used to sponsor social events for teenage cancer patients, where they can make friends and share their experiences of battling the disease together.

Chief executive of the Teenage Cancer Trust Siobhan Dunn, paid tribute to Stephen's impressive legacy and the impact it would have on the lives of teenage cancer patients in the future.

"Stephen trusted us to spend the money well and to 'keep doing what we do'," she said. "And this is reflected in our plans. However, Stephen has also allowed us to be more ambitious.

"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."