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Queen to present posthumous Stephen Sutton honour

Credit: Stephen Sutton/PA Wire

The mother of remarkable teenage cancer hero Stephen Sutton will collect his posthumous MBE from the Queen later today.

Jane Sutton will collect the posthumous honour from Buckingham Palace on behalf of her son, who died in May following a four-year struggle against bowel cancer.

The 19-year-old, who was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 15, raised more than £5 million for charity and became a household name as he approached his disease with good humour and stoicism, with his trademark thumbs-up sign a symbol of his positive attitude.

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Stephen Sutton's 'special little notebook' for his mum

The mother of cancer campaigner Stephen Sutton has issued a heartfelt message thanking those who supported her son and helped organise his funeral.

Writing on Stephen's Facebook page, his mum Jane said she had received 200 cards from well-wishers and joked that " there aren't enough surfaces in the house to display them all on!"

The notebook Stephen gave his mum to help her get organised. Credit: Facebook/Stephen's Story

She also revealed that Stephen had given her a notebook on the final mother's day before he passed away for her to write a 'to-do list'.

"As you can see it's very small, and would be full up already had I attempted to write my list in it; it's a very long one, Stephen certainly left me with a lot to do!" she wrote.

There will continue to be events in Stephen's memory to help raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity for which he raised millions of pounds in the weeks leading up to his death.

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. 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.

Stephen Sutton among Queen's Birthday Honours

Teenage cancer hero Stephen Sutton, who raised £4 million for charity, is among those to be honoured with an MBE in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours - just weeks after losing his fight against the disease.

The 19-year-old accepted the honour before his death on 14th May.

Stephen Sutton has been named among the Queen's Birthday Honours. Credit: PA

His mother said she was "truly delighted and immensely proud" that he had been recognised in the Honours list.

She said: "Shortly before Stephen passed away on the 14th May he received a letter from the Cabinet Office asking if he was agreeable to accepting an MBE in recognition of his fundraising and services to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

"He thought it was an incredible honour to have been nominated and it definitely got the 'thumbs up'."

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