Stephen Sutton to be awarded an MBE

Stephen Sutton is being awarded an MBE. He died last month and raised millions of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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PM praises Stephen Sutton: He was 'absolutely inspiring'

David Cameron has paid tribute to teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton, who launched a fighting fund topping £4 million on the day he died just weeks ago.

David Cameron has praised the brave actions of teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton.
David Cameron has praised the brave actions of teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton. Credit: ITV

"Stephen was an absolutely inspiring individual and his zest for life even as he was suffering from a very difficult and progressive cancer was completely extraordinary and very inspiring," said Mr Cameron during Prime Minister's Questions.

The 19-year-old's bravery in the face of terminal cancer touched people across the world, leading to him to be honoured with an MBE in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Read: Stephen Sutton among Queen's Birthday Honours

"He raised a huge amount of money for teenage cancer services and raised it from right around the world as well as the UK.

"I think it's right that our honours system does properly reward people that give to charity that give of their time from the very bottom to the very top," added Mr Cameron.

Read more: 1,200 mourners give Stephen Sutton a final thumb's up in emotional vigil

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Huge portrait painted in tribute to Stephen Sutton

Portrait of Stephen Sutton painted in his memory
Portrait of Stephen Sutton painted in his memory Credit: ITV News Central

Art students from Leicester have paid tribute to teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton by painting a huge portrait of him.

The art students in Leicester say they were inspired by Stephen
The art students in Leicester say they were inspired by Stephen Credit: ITV News Central

Callum Sholl and Mustafa Abdulkadir were inspired by Stephen, who raised more than £4million for charity before he died last month.

They spent three days working on the art work and now plan to auction the painting and donate the funds to The Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity Stephen raised money for.

They plan to auction the painting for The Teenage Cancer Trust
They plan to auction the painting for The Teenage Cancer Trust Credit: ITV News Central

Download Festival pays tribute to Stephen Sutton

Tens of thousands of music fans at the Download music festival have paid tribute to cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton.

Organisers organised a mass 'thumbs-up' gesture, following the news that the 19-year-old from Burntwood in Staffordshire had accepted an MBE.

The main stage at the festival has also been named after Stephen.

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Stephen Sutton honoured at Download Festival

The organisers of the Download Festival say the main stage will be named the Stephen Sutton Stage at this year's festival.

The main stage at the festival will be named after Stephen Credit: Stephen's Story

Stephen went to the Download Festival last year as it was one of the items on his bucket list. He died from terminal cancer last month after raising millions of pounds for charity.

Fabricant full of praise for Stephen Sutton

Warm tributes have been paid to Staffordshire teenager Stephen Sutton at Westminster today, after his funeral was held recently at Lichfield cathedral.

The 19-year-old raised more than £4m for cancer charities and inspired a nation, as he raised funds when completing his bucket list of things to do before he died.

His local MP, Michael Fabricant, raised his story in a question to the Church Commissioner Sir Tony Baldry MP.

Mr Fabricant said:

It's a shame that in this instance the Arch Bishop of Canterbury isn't in power to give sainthoods! But will my right honourable friend join me in congratulating the Dean of Lichfield Cathedral for seizing the moment...

...and taking advantage of the fact - in the best possible way - of this great out-feeling of passion and grief, that people in my constituency had over the great work and life of a 19-year-old who died of cancer.

'A fitting tribute': Baby elephant named after Stephen Sutton

A spokesman for West Midlands Safari Park, has called the naming of a 5-week-old baby elephant after Stephen Sutton a 'fitting tribute to an inspirational young man' and recalled the moment when the cancer hero met the calf's mother earlier this year.

A 5-week-old baby elephant has been named 'Sutton' after the heroic cancer victim Credit: West Midlands Safari Park

Bob Lawrence, Director of Wildlife, said:

This is a fitting tribute to an inspirational young man who captured the hearts and minds of so many for his remarkable achievements. Stephen and his mother, Jane, met Five in January 2014 before the calf was born...

...It was number 30 on Stephen's bucket list to "Hug an animal that is bigger than me". In the event, I think Stephen's legacy has turned into something even bigger...

...There is also another remarkable side to this story. The calf's father - a wild bull elephant from South Africa - is called 'Steve'! The Parks' Consultant Vet for this project - IZW Berlin - chose 'Steve' because he was a magnificent specimen of an African elephant.

Baby elephant named 'Sutton' in Stephen's honour

Staff at West Midlands Safari Park have named a baby elephant in Stephen Sutton's honour, after conducting a poll on social media.

A 5-week-old baby elephant has been named 'Sutton' after the heroic cancer victim Credit: West Midlands Safari Park

The 5-week-old calf already weighs 130kg and is the the first baby elephant to be born at West Midland Safari Park in its 41-year history.

To mark the event, staff decided to launch an online competition to decide on a name.

Perhaps owing to the image of Stephen hugging the calf's mother 'Five' back in January - as one of his bucket list wishes to 'hug an animal bigger than me' - there were around 2,000 suggestions each for the names 'Stephen' and 'Sutton'.

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