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Jane Sutton: Skydive an incredible tribute to Stephen

Stephen Sutton's mother has described the world record tandem skydive that his family and friends set today as an "incredible tribute" to the teenager.

Jane Sutton took part in the skydive along with 402 others, to break the record.

Stephen's brother Chris also took part, and said Stephen would have said the achievement was "awesome".

Stephen Sutton skydivers officially set new world record

The family and friends of Stephen Sutton have officially broken the world record for the most people tandem skydiving at the same location in 24 hours.

Stephen's mother Jane skydiving over Lincolnshire Credit: ITV News Central

They recorded a total of 403 people involved, beating the previous record of 286.

Stephen, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, died in May last year after raising £5million for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The 19-year-old used social media to chart his three-year battle against cancer, and came up with a bucket list of things to do before he died. Number two on that list was to skydive.

A Guinness World Records adjudicator has confirmed that the jump at Hibaldstow Airfield in Lincolnshire was record-breaking.

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Skydivers on course to set new world record in memory of Stephen Sutton

Family and friends of Stephen Sutton who have been skydiving at a Lincolnshire airfield in an attempt to set a new world record in his memory have passed their 287th jumper.

It means more people have completed a tandem skydive today than ever before in 24 hours.

The organisers are waiting for official confirmation from the Guinness World Record adjudicator.

Stephen Sutton's family attempt skydive record in his memory

Friends and family of Stephen Sutton are attempting to break a world record for skydiving in his memory.

Stephen Sutton Credit: ITV News Central

Stephen, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, died in May last year after raising £5 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The 19-year-old used social media to chart his three-year battle against cancer.

They are attempting to set a new record for tandem parachute jumps within 24 hours at a single venue.

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.

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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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