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Teenage Cancer Trust sets out plans for donations

Through the selfless fundraising of teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton, the Teenage Cancer Trust will be able to invest:

  • £2.9 million for the improvement of units across seven cities in England and Scotland
  • £1.2 million on training cancer nurses and support staff
  • £500,000 in digital information services for young cancer patients
  • £200,000 for the Find Your Sense of Tumour event where youngsters with cancer can get together
  • Plus 50 Stephen Sutton scholarships for a postgraduate certificate in teenage and young adult cancer care at Coventry University
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Mother of cancer victim: We will never forget Stephen

The mother teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton, who raised £5 million for charity, has said that "his positivity will live on" through his campaign:

My son Stephen was courageous and inspirational. His selfless fundraising and positive attitude touched people across the world and the huge outpouring of love and support he received in return was humbling ...

This money will make a significant difference to other young people with cancer and that would have made Stephen very happy.

Stephen showed us how incredibly powerful even very small positive acts can be when lots of people get involved. I'm immensely proud of everything he achieved. We will never forget Stephen, and his positivity will live on through Stephen's Story for Teenage Cancer Trust.

– jane sutton

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Teenage cancer patient raises £5 million for charity

A teenager who died of bowel cancer has left an astonishing legacy after his campaign raised £5 million for charity.

After being diagnosed with the disease aged 15, Stephen Sutton devoted the rest of his life to raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen's fundraising page on Just Giving Credit: Just Giving

Stephen aimed to raise £10,000 for the charity as part of his 46-item bucket list, but donations flooded in as his positive attitude won the hearts of people around the world.

The charity says that between Stephen's fundraising page and other donations he inspired, it will be able to "be more ambitious" than it ever expected.

Administrator: 'Stores closed while business talks take place'

Staffordshire-based firm Phones4U has gone into administration.

Robert Jonathan Hunt, Ian David Green and Robert John Moran of PwC have been appointed as administrators.

Phones4U also runs its own network operator, Life Mobile Limited, which is also in administration Credit: PA

"This is a very sad day for the business and the many people working there. In light of our impending appointment the directors understandably took the decision to close all the shops today and sent many staff home.

Our initial focus will be to quickly engage with parties who may be interested in acquiring all or part of the business, and to better understand the financial position and options for the company. The stores will remain closed while we have these conversations.

We will also be talking to network operators and suppliers, and trying to access funds to pay for the costs of the business, including wages.

These conversations will determine whether we can re-open stores and trade, and also if and when we can pay the arrears of wages to employees. Our hope is that we will be able to pay all the outstanding wages arrears.”

– Rob Hunt, joint administrator and PwC partner
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Vodafone 'not to blame' for Phones 4u collapse

A Phones 4u store on Oxford Street in central London remained closed today following the company's collapse into administration. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Vodafone has rejected claims that it behaved inappropriately during its negotiations with Phones 4u, which collapsed into administration today at the cost of almost 6,000 jobs.

The mobile operator said the decision its contract with Phones 4u was made on "purely commercial reasons following extensive negotiations".

"Phones 4u was offered repeated opportunities to propose competitive distribution terms to enable us to conclude a new agreement, but was unable to do so on terms which were commercially viable for Vodafone," the company said.

The private equity firm BC Partners bought Phones 4u for £610m in 2011, and took a £225m dividend from the business last year, leaving it saddled with debt of more than £600m.

Staffordshire-based firm Phones4U goes into administration

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Staffordshire-based firm Phones4U has gone into administration.

Robert Jonathan Hunt, Ian David Green and Robert John Moran of PwC have been appointed as administrators.

In addition to its retail operations, Phones4U also runs its own network operator, Life Mobile Limited, which is also in administration.

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Phones4U: Who to call with questions

A list of contact numbers has been released for Phones4U customers who have questions over their existing contracts or insurance policy.

It comes as the Staffordshire-based chain goes into administration. All 550 UK stores are closed today and the website has gone offline.

The message on the Phones4U website Credit: Phones4U

Anyone with any questions can call the following numbers:

  • Phones 4u Customer Service 0844 8712253
  • Technical Support 0844 8712233
  • Handset Repairs 0844 8712269
  • Phones 4u Care (Insurance) 0844 8710535
  • LIFE Mobile Customer Service 0844 3221133
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Phones 4u 'heartbroken' as it enters administration

Phones 4u's official Twitter account says the team is "heartbroken" that the company has been placed into administration threatening over 5,500 jobs.

Entrepreneur John Caudwell, who founded the business in the 1980s and sold it in 2006 for nearly £1.5bn, also took to Twitter to say how "sickened and saddened" he was by the news.

Van driver suffers severe head injury in crash

A van driver suffered a severe head injury after crashing into a wall in Staffordshire this morning.

The woman, aged 42, was anaesthetised at the scene while emergency crews worked to free her from the van.

The female van driver suffered a severe head injury in the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

She was then taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital North Staffordshire for further treatment.

Paramedics were called to Draycott Lane in Tean, Stoke-on-Trent, shortly after 5.30am and found the van had left the road and smashed into a wall.

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