The phenomenal global response to teenager cancer suffer Stephen Sutton's charity appeal hit another amazing milestone last night as donations passed £2 million.
Money has continued to roll in throughout the day yet again after more and more people across the world heard about the Burntwood teenager's bravery.
At 8.35pm last night, his JustGiving page showed that since reaching his £1 million target Wednesday, another million has flooded in.
It came hours after Jason Manford, who has been promoting Stephen's bid to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, visited the 19-year-old in hospital in Birmingham and posted a picture of the pair on Twitter.
Earlier yesterday, Stephen released a Facebook update talking of his progress.
A string of celebrities have urged millions of fans to get behind the global effort started by the Burntwood teenager. Comedians Russell Brand, Sarah Millican, Jason Manford and Olympian Sir Chris Hoy are among dozens posting pictures of themselves holding up a #thumbsupforstephen sign.
It comes after Stephen finally reached his target of £1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust yesterday after his appeal went worldwide, with donations flooding in at a rate of £1,000 a minute.
Hundreds of people have now joined the effort on Twitter:
Donations have continued to flood in for the cancer sufferer’s fundraising appeal after his inspirational story was shared around the world.
After his initial target was smashed, Stephen tweeted from his bed: “WOW. Just wow.”
Stand-up star Manford, who met the 19-year-old at a charity event, said today the figure raised so far was down to Stephen’s efforts and that he had simply amplified the campaign.
Bosses at the Teenage Cancer Trust said the teenager’s fundraising efforts were inspiring people up and down the country and it was one of the biggest single amounts ever raised for the charity.
Chief executive Siobhan Dunn said: “Stephen is the most inspiring young man and ambassador for the charity. I’ve had the privilege of meeting him and his positivity is always remembered by all that meet him or hear him speak.
“Stephen himself says he doesn’t see the point in measuring life in time, rather that he’d prefer to measure a life in the difference someone makes.
“Stephen is making the biggest possible difference to Teenage Cancer Trust and the young people who need our help.”
Stephen was diagnosed with bowel cancer when he was 15.
Despite the best efforts of surgeons, the aggressive cancer spread to different parts of his body and after further treatment and operations, doctors concluded it was incurable.
He created a bucket-list of 46 things he wanted to do before he died and said he wanted to raise £10,000 for charity.