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Heat is on for curry challenge

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It put the taste buds to the test and made eyes water. A curry-eating challenge was held in Staffordshire last night for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

It was organised by 18-year-old Stephen Sutton and his friend Lee Woodward and saw keen eaters try an extra hot spicy dish.

Stephen has been diagnosed with an incurable cancer and has set up a bucket-list of 46 things he would like to do.

He is aiming to raise up to £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, and the event held at the Wych Elm pub in Bridge Cross Road, Burntwood, last night was the latest fundraiser.

Winner Lyndon Woodward, left, with brother and organiser Lee Woodward and runner-up Keith Newton

The Man V Food-style challenge saw 16 men and two women take part after clubbing together a minimum £20 each. Alongside the main food test was a Jaffa Cake eating contest and the whole evening helped to raise around £1,500.

Stephen said: "It went really well, and was a really, really fun night."

The winner of the curry challenge by eating the dish known as "cut throat" was Lyndon Woodward, aged 32. The Jaffa Cake contest was won by Phil Coulborne, 52, who managed to eat 15 in a minute.

Stephen's list of things to do includes getting a tattoo, flying somewhere first-class, hugging an animal that is bigger than himself and meeting Jimmy Carr – which he has already done.

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The Chase Terrace Technology College pupil has been fighting cancer for three years and has now been told it is incurable.

It has prompted the teenager to devote his time to fundraising, organising his charity missions from an office at the college. The schemes include going busking and releasing a charity single with his old band, Nothing Personal.

See www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Sutton-TCT

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