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Three days on from my 40-mile @chase_walk trek across Forestry Commission Cannock Chase Forest Cannock Chase with the Wally’s, I’m hoping to go to my Zumba class tonight – blisters permitting.

So while I’m 'enjoying' my class in Burntwood, I wanted to mention another event I’ll be participating in at the start of summer.

On Sunday, 4th June I will be participating in my third Great Midlands...
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Fifteen hours, forty-four minutes after setting off at 06:24 on Saturday morning, we were greeted by cheers, as all seven of our team ‘Where’s The Wally’s’ returned to Beaudesert Park Campsite to complete the 2017 Chase Walk

My Fitbit recorded a total of 95,176 steps; I doubt it will ever record that many steps again in a 24-hour period but who knows?

Over 350 scouts, guides, explorers etc,...
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We've just reached checkpoint 4 on the outskirts of Penkridge.
Everything appears to be working ok so far!! but we have a long way to go and probably another 9hrs of walking to complete to complete the 40-mile Chase Walk #chasewalk Forestry Commission Cannock Chase Forest Cannock Chase Cannock Chase Radio Cannock Mercury The Cannock Post
Three & a half hrs into our 40-mile hike @chase_walk #chasewalk over Forestry Commission Cannock Chase Forest Cannock Chase and we're through checkpoint 3 in the village of Huntington heading towards the west of Teddersleythen Penkridge
We're just about to set off on out 40-mile trek across Cannock Chase. Good luck to everyone. The first team set off at 6am @chase_walk #chasewalk
This is a blog Stephen posted on 15th March 2014 at the start of the Chase Walk. Myself and Stephen had the easy job of waving the 'Wallys' off as they began their 40-mile hike over Forestry Commission Cannock Chase Forest.

We had an early start but then drove to Morrisons in Burntwood for breakfast! The Wallys went on to successfully complete the course and raise £2500 for Teenage Cancer...
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My Virgin Money Giving fundraising page, for my successful climb of Mount Kilimanjaro last October has now closed.

With everyone’s fantastic support I raised £16,394.22 [including Gift Aid] for Teenage Cancer Trust and in doing so ensured that Stephen’s legacy continues.

Huge thanks to everyone who supported me as all of the money raised will make such a difference to the lives of the one...
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Last but not least, to finish off 2016, I need to thank the following for their continued support and fundraising.

The Malt Shovel at Chorley near Burntwood, held a Halloween quiz and raised £175. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend on the night as I was in London for the 2016 The Pride of Britain Awards awards. However, I did pop in into see Jane, Jon and the rest of the team to thank them...
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At the start of December I attended the 9th International Conference and the 1st Global Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Congress #AYAglobalcancer at the @ARedinburgh

This historic event was collaboration between three charitable organisations, Teenage Cancer Trust, Teen Cancer Americaand CanTeen Australia.

This development - to create the first global event in AYA cancer - was in...
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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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