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Stephen S

Stephen S

Name: Stephen Sutton
Age: 18
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Burntwood, Staffordshire
Campaign: To spread positivity through kind gestures

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:

 

Chris Bullock

Mitchell Tomes

Rosie Whitlock

Maddie Williams  

Stephaine O’Brien

Sophie Andrews

Rebecca Jones

Chloe Howard

Samantha Nock

James Andrews

Jessica Beedle

Charlotte O’Grady

Simone Awty

John Heath

Paige Darby

Lauren Crowe

Hannah Telles

Emily Rowley

Samantha Hunt

Ashley Macey

Alex Surrey

Will Smith

Joshua Millwood

Hannah Goulding

Eva Johnson

Laura Ash

Oliver Tooth

Emily Crisp

Christopher King

Sam Mason

Monika Bednarczyk

 

Blaire Morgan, School of Education, University of Birmingham

Thank you to Blaire for providing an interview for my broadcast film and for supporting my campaign.

 

Anna Sykes, Birmingham Children's Hospital

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.

May 2015

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.

 

 

 

 

October 2014

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. 

 


 

September 2014

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

 

June 2013

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Stephen was appointed MBE for his outstanding work.

 

14th May 2014

After a brave battle with cancer, Stephen Sutton sadly died on Wednesday 14th May 2014.

 

The inspirational teenager touched the lives of thousands, if not millions, of people since receiving his diagnosis and leaves a lasting legacy.

 

Click here to read a tribute to Stephen.

 

May 2014
On Saturday 10th May I participated in National Good Gestures Day.

I created the campaign, with the help of Fixers, to spread happiness and positivity.

More than 320 of my friends and supporters gathered at ten locations nationwide to dole out free high-fives, handshakes, hugs and fist bumps to passing members of the public.

Find out more about the event here.

 

Fixer Stephen Sutton giving out fist bumps on National Good Gestures Day in Birmingham.

 
On Sunday 4th May I helped my school friend, Hannah Telles, lead a successful attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people making heart-shaped hand gestures simultaneously.

554 people gathered at my old school, Chase Terrace Technology College, to help me tick another item off my bucket list – getting my name into the Guinness World Records book.

 

You can read more about the event here and click play below to watch a film documenting the day.


April 2014
With the help of my friends and supporters, Good Gestures Day is going national! The nation-wide event will take place on Saturday 10th May 2014. 

Y
oung people will be holding events in various cities across the UK, spreading happiness to random passers-by. Click here to find out more.

 

I've also launched my personal website. Visit Stephen's Story by clicking here.

 

March 2014

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

 

January 2014

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.

 

November 2013

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!'

 

Ailton Cardoso:

'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.'

 

Angela Haigh, Pudsey Grammar School:

'Stephen you are very brave and are doing an outstanding job. Keep it up and best wishes!'

 

Maria Tucker:

'Well done everyone for sharing so much joy and light with everyone.'

 

June Scott-Brining:

'Fun! It brightened up a dull afternoon for many people.'

 

My campaign was also shared on Twitter where people had equally as nice things to say!:

 

'Good Gesture Campaign today was amazing to witness. You brought a big smile to my face!'

 

'Looking forward to seeing it on TV on the 5th December. Well done!'

 

'Today was great. On the whole everyone seem to love it! Especially the really young kids, some got so excited! Good gestures, simple but effective.'

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