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Stephen Sutton awarded an MBE

Stephen Sutton has been awarded an MBE Photo: Stephen's Story

Stephen Sutton has been awarded an MBE after he raised millions of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The 19-year-old from Burntwood in Staffordshire died last month from terminal cancer.

The MBE is being backdated to his death and it is being recorded in the Birthday Honours List because he had already accepted the award before he died.

In the citation for the honour in the list it said: "It is clear that Stephen touched and inspired a huge number of people and that his ambassadorial work for the Teenage Cancer Trust was greatly appreciated by all those he helped."

Stephen raised more than £4 million for charity Credit: Stephen's Story

Donations on Stephen's Just Giving page have continued to rise after the teenager died last month.

Stephen's funeral ceremony was held in Lichfield Cathedral Credit: BPM

Stephen became famous around the world as he inspired others to get the most from their lives.

Before he died he said: "From someone who wants more time in this world, please don't waste yours, you'd be amazed what you can achieve when you try."

He became well known for his inspirational quotes and said: "I don't see the point in measuring life in terms of time. I'd rather measure life in terms of making a difference"

He spent his last months ticking off as many things from his 46-point bucket list as possible. They included sky diving, crowd surfing and breaking a world record.

The comedian Jason Manford joined in the thumbs up Credit: ITV News Central

Ahead of his funeral in Lichfield Cathedral, thousands of people did a thumbs up in his memory.

Thousands of people did a thumbs up in his memory Credit: ITV News Central

During the funeral ceremony the Dean of Lichfield said he was "glad and proud to be part of the same human race" as Stephen. He said:

"It would be usual now, if this was a church service, to say 'rest in peace' but I can't imagine Stephen doing that," the Dean said as he concluded the service.

"He'd say 'Live it up', so - one more time - let's give him a thumbs up."

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