Stephen Sutton sadly died on 14th May 2014, aged 19, following a three-and-a-half year battle with cancer.
During his time with Fixers, Stephen inspired three successful campaigns, working hard to spread his message of positivity and happiness.
Last year, he told his story:
Three years ago I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. After being in remission twice, I found out last year my cancer had returned.
But despite receiving treatment, the disease spread to my knee and pelvis. Doctors said this time the chemotherapy wasn’t working and discussed possible amputation of my leg. But they soon realised it was incurable.
Not knowing how long I have left to live, I have dealt with my condition physically and emotionally by helping others.
I’ve been through a lot, but I’ve also learned a lot – to concentrate on the positives, not take anything for granted and make the most of the quality time I have left.
I’ve also learned the importance of life and had amazing support from friends and family.
I am motivated to try and make a difference and have drawn up a ‘bucket list’ of dreams to fulfill in how ever long I have left. These include getting a tattoo and being in the Guinness Book of World Records.
With the help of Fixers, I held a ‘Good Gestures Day' in Birmingham to inspire others in sharing kindness without any ulterior motives.
These hugs and handshakes might be a small way to brightening up someone’s day, but also go a long way towards promoting positive actions within our communities.
Here is the team of Fixers helping me with my Fix:
Anna has generously offered to help out in any way that she can for my cause and gave us permission to film at the hospital for our broadcast piece.
Just days before he died on 14th May last year, Stephen launched National Good Gestures Day with Fixers. It was his wish that this turn into an annual event.
This year, on Saturday 16th May, 900 people will take to the streets in 15 locations across the UK to share hugs with passers-by.
They hope it will continue Stephen’s message of promoting positivity through random acts of kindness.
People are also being asked to share photos of hugs on social media, using the hashtag #HugForStephen, before texting 'Hug' to 70660 to donate £2 to keep National Good Gestures Day going and help other young people become Fixers, as Stephen did.
(Text costs £2 plus network charge. Fixers (PSBT) receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer's permission. Customer care 01962-810970. Charity No 298643.)
News of the campaign has appeared on The Mirror Online. Click on the image below to read the article.
Stephen has received the first posthumous Pride of Britain Award. The awards show will be broadcast on ITV on Tuesday 7th October at 8pm. Click on the link below to read more.
Stephen was honoured with a posthumous Special Achievement Award by the National Lottery Awards for his Fixers Gestures Day campaign. Click here to read more.
Awards Host John Barrowman presenting Stephen's mum Jane and brother Chris with award
I won the national vInspired award for all round commitment to volunteering! The award was presented to me by musician Pixie Lott at the star-studded celebration held at the 02 Arena in London.
The satisfaction I get from volunteering and making a difference to other people's lives is huge, and I hope the fun I've been having encourages other young people to get involved and do similar things- whatever their cause or passion might be!
Fixer Stephen Sutton with Pixie Lott
I have won a vInspired regional award (West Midlands) for my all round commitment to volunteering. It’s an award that recognises and celebrates young people and youth workers who’ve made an extraordinary contribution to their communities through volunteering.
My campaign has inspired some really positive reactions in people. Comments left about my project have been really encouraging and you can read some of this awesome feedback below!:
Mary Hackett, Churchfields Comprehensive:
'One of the most inspirational men I have ever met in my life. A credit to his family. Long may you continue to kick cancer's butt!'
'Hi there! Just want to say I got the most sincere hug from a complete stranger yesterday. It made my day. It affected me in a positive way, so much so that I decided to read a little more about it and about you, so here I am. I am just a visitor in Birmingham and I wish the same initiative will happen in my home town of Michigan in the USA. All the best for you.'