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Stephen Sutton's legacy: National Good Gestures Day

It was the first anniversary of Stephen Sutton's death on Thursday. Credit: ITV News Central

Friends of Stephen Sutton, the inspiration teenager from Burntwood in Staffordshire who raised £5 million for charity before his death from bowel cancer in May last year, are holding events across the country to continue his good work.

Hundreds of young people will turn out in 15 cities around the country, including Nottingham and Birmingham, to spread his message of positivity and kindness on National Good Gestures Day 2015.

Thursday was the first anniversary of the 19-year-old's death, who launched Good Gestures Day with ITV Fixers three days before he died in 2014, and said that he hoped it would become an 'annual event, if not more.'

His friends and Fixers are honouring his wish by recruiting an army of volunteers - 900 people around the country - to encourage well-wishers to give a 'hug for Stephen' in locations including The Bullring in Stephen's Birmingham home city, under The London Eye on the capital's South Bank and Nottingham's Old Market Square.

Yellow balloons released to remember Stephen Sutton

Dozens of yellow balloons have been released in Burntwood in Staffordshire to mark the first anniversary of the death of Stephen Sutton.

The teenager's friends and supporters also gave his trademark 'thumbs up' sign at Chasetown Football Club this afternoon.

“The tribute ‘thumbs up’ moment today is so appropriate as Stephen made his trademark thumbs up sign a symbol of his positive attitude. That’s the image people remember, that gorgeous smile and the thumbs up.

“The yellow balloon release is such a beautiful way to remember Stephen and celebrate his life.

“The actual release of the balloons will, for some, be seen as a celebration of life. For some it might be viewed as a release of grief – and it also has a fun element that Stephen would have approved of. Let’s not forget the colour yellow and its association with warmth and happiness.

“That’s how Stephen would want to be remembered. Today, May 14, marks the end of one chapter, and the start of a new chapter in Stephen’s journey."

– Jane Sutton, Stephen's mother

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50 new scholarships in Stephen Sutton's name

Fifty new scholarships will be created at Coventry University in Stephen Sutton's name to train people in how to treat teenagers with cancer.

More than £1million of the £5million Stephen raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust is being spent on the scheme at Coventry University.

Stephen Sutton always hoped he would go to University to study medicine and before he was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer, Stephen had interviews at Cambridge and Leicester.

Maria Cable from Coventry University said the postgraduate courses would be up and running from next year.

Stephen Sutton's mother collects honorary degree

Charity fundraiser Stephen Sutton has been awarded a posthumous honorary degree from Coventry University.

Jane Sutton collects scroll from Coventry University Credit: ITV News Central

The 19-year-old from Burntwood in Staffordshire, who died in May, received an MBE from the Queen last week for his fundraising efforts. Some of the money he raised is being spent on new scholarship programme at the university to train people in treating teenage cancer patients.

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