Stephen's story
02/19/2017 at 18:52. Facebook
Nearly finished with 2016!

Just before the switch-on of the ‘Tree for Stephen’ Christmas lights on 3rd December in Burntwood, I popped across the road to Sankeys Fish Bar.

The reason for this was to be presented with a cheque for monies raised from the second annual fundraising event which had been organised by proprietor Chris Papachristoforou.

The fish bar in Rugeley Road, first held...
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I’m nearly there with the updates on charity events/fundraising that took place during the last three months of 2016.

I promised so many of you that your fundraising events would feature on Stephen’s Story Facebook page and I aim to fulfil that promise – albeit a little bit late.

I was contacted early in 2016 by Sharon Austin who works for John Lewis Tamworth.

Over the years Sharon and...
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In early November, I received a letter in the post. On opening it I found that it had been forwarded to me from Chase Terrace Technology College, Stephen’s old secondary school.

It was a beautifully, handwritten letter from a young girl called Sophie.

Sophie explained that she was writing on behalf of Momo Academy of Drama, a local drama group that meet at Highfields Primary School...
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Thanks to Deb Hinks for sharing this post from three years ago. I've just watched it again and it brought a smile to my face, particularly the reference about the elephant's trunk!! :-)

Jane x
On Wednesday, 23rd November, I popped into a local Burntwood sporting venue, Platinum Boxing and Kickboxing.

Boasting over forty years’ experience between them, black belt Lee Goodwin, former amateur boxer Steve Cadman and Dani Hodges organise and run the non-profitable club.

Fighters who have never stepped foot in a kickboxing gym have been trained to become European & World champions, an...
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On 22nd November, I was invited to Coventry University to celebrate the graduation of the first students to receive the Stephen Sutton Scholarships.

The group of twelve were awarded the Post Graduate Certificate in Teenager/Young Adult Cancer Care, and were the first to benefit from having their tuition fees paid through the Stephen Sutton Scholarship.

Congratulations to Emma Masters, Alice...
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Ten days before I left for Tanzania, Friday, 24th October, an interview at home had been arranged with Nick Trueman and Jim King from The West Brom building society.

The reason for the interview was that I had been invited by The West Brom to attend its bi-annual Members’ Viewpoint evening, which was to be held on 2nd November at its new headquarters at Providence Place, West Bromwich.
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So as you all know, on the 3rd October I set off to climb Kilimanjaro and while I was away, there were plenty of things going on to continue raising awareness of Stephen’s Story and money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Friday 7th October was a very busy night with both The Brummies [formerly Pride of Birmingham] and Midlands Children of Courage Awards taking place.

The Brummies premier award of...
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One final event I attended at the end of September just before I left for Kilimanjaro was on 28th at Rotometrics, one of the largest employers in Aldridge, Staffordshire.

RotoMetrics, recognised as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of engineering precision cutting tools for the print and packaging industry, employs over 200 staff at its site in Aldridge and it is one of the...
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Well where do I start……we’re already nearing the end of January and this is probably the longest interval I’ve had between posts. I know it’s probably long forgotten but I hope you all enjoyed a very happy Christmas and New Year.

I must admit that the Christmas period came and went in the blink of an eye for me but then so did the whole of 2016. My life was very hectic both in the run up to...
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What a fabulous weekend I enjoyed over, 10th and 11th December, Christmas gift wrapping in Grand Central Birmingham with the team from Shenstone based, gift packaging specialist BoxMart UK

We raised a staggering £3310 for Stephen's Story supporting Teenage Cancer Trust which was way beyond our hopes and expectations.

It was lovely to meet so many people over the two days and visitors and...
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Stephen, another year nearly over and the third year you’re not here to celebrate your birthday. I still miss you every single day and you’re always in my thoughts.

It’s always Birthdays and anniversaries that are the hardest to deal with but, as they say, life continues, so today I have gone to work wearing my Christmas jumper to raise money for Save the Children.

You had the strength to...
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Having not been available to attend last year’s Christmas Festival in Burntwood, due to a prior commitment, it was so lovely to witness the Christmas tree lights switch on the 3rd December and to see, once again, so many people supporting the event. It’s an event I hope will continue to grow in future years.

I want to say a big thank you to Burntwood Town Council for allowing us to decorate...
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Don't forget if you’re out and about Christmas shopping in Grand Central Birmingham tomorrow and Sunday, you'll have the opportunity to have your Christmas gifts professional boxed in return for a donation to Stephen's Story supporting Teenage Cancer Trust

Join the team from BoxMart UK a professional gift-packaging supplier from Shenstone, Lichfield, at the top of the escalators leading from...
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You probably don’t need me to remind you but Christmas Day is three weeks away!!

Hopefully you’re a bit more organised than me and have started your Christmas shopping or at least have an idea of what to buy friends and family.

If you’re out and about in Birmingham city centre next weekend doing your Christmas shopping and want to take your presents home in gorgeous gift boxes then I know...
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Official light switch on of 'Tree for Stephen' in Burntwood
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Walsall Manor Hospital.

Thanks to Jane Sutton, mother of inspirational fundraiser Stephen for turning on our Christmas tree lights this afternoon.
She was joined by Deputy Mayor of Walsall Councillor Marco Longhi and our Chief Executive Richard Kirby.

She told the crowd, who had assembled for the main event, that she would keep her son’s...
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Tree for Stephen being prepared for switch on Saturday 4pm in Stephen's home town of Burntwood