Teenager Stephen Sutton has broken a fundraising record after charity donations in his honour reached £2.5 million.
The 19-year-old cancer sufferer from Burntwood has raised the most money for charity ever via website JustGiving.
In appreciation, the site added its own donation of £50,000 to the cause.
In a new message on Facebook, Stephen described the fundraising effort for the Teenage Cancer Trust as ‘incredibly touching and heart-warming’.
He also released a video chronicling his achievements since his diagnosis.
The uplifting video looking at his achievements since his diagnosis. It features tributes to his fundraising efforts from friends and teachers at his former high school Chase Terrace Technology College.
Speaking in the video, head teacher Stewart Jones described the teenager as the ‘most amazing person I’ve ever met’ while Emma Scholes, head of year nine, said: “He has stuck two fingers up to cancer.” Best friend Chris Bullock added: “He has been my best mate for four years. He knows he is in a bad situation but he makes the best of it.”
During the nine-minute clip Stephen also talks about the Bucket List of 46 things he wanted to do before he died, including crowd surfing in a rubber dinghy, skydiving and hugging an animal bigger than himself.
The video was due to be released on Tuesday but after Stephen’s health took a turn for the worse this week he decided to release it early. A message posted on his Facebook page read: “Hi guys, it’s Stephen here again, and it feels so good to be able to put that.
“Currently I am feeling well and would describe my current situation as stable. Different people will put my recent physical improvement down to different reasons.
“I don’t want to over dramatise things too much, but I do want to mention that everyone’s positive thoughts and support has been hugely appreciated, so thank you for that.”
A football match involving West Bromwich Albion All Stars next weekend has been dedicated to Stephen, with proceeds from the game also involving Chasetown FC next Sunday being donated to the trust.
Former Albion favourites Daryl Burgess, Darren Bradley and Richard Sneekes will all feature on the pitch at the Scholars Ground in Church Street, Chasetown. Kick off is 3pm.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Sutton-TCT