His story touched many lives and inspired thousands to donate to the worthy cause of fighting cancer and now, Stephen Sutton, the terminally ill teenager whose campaign went viral after he posted a selfie of himself on his hospital bed has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday Honours List.
The 19-year-old is said to have accepted the award shortly before his death in May this year and according to his mother, he was understandably chuffed by the honour.
Jane Sutton told the BBC that Cabinet office had written to Stephen in May to ask if he would accept the award in recognition of his fundraising efforts for the teenage cancer trust.
Ms Sutton told the news channel that the award was a ‘wonderful recognition’ of her son’s work for the charity and a fitting legacy for him.
“Although Stephen continually told all of us that he didn’t do his charity work for recognition, even he acknowledged that to be appointed an MBE was ‘awesome’,” she said.
So far, Stephen’s campaign has raised over £4.2M for the teenage cancer trust against his goal of £1M and donations are still pouring in on his Just Giving page.
The teenager was amongst a list of over a 1, 000 people honoured for outstanding contribution to their community in the Queens Birthday Honours.
Others include three-time Oscar winner Sir Daniel Day-Lewis who was honoured for services to Drama and Angelina Jolie who was made a honourary Dame for her work with the UN in campaigning to end sexual violence in conflict.