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Skydive in memory of Stephen Sutton breaks Guinness World Record

Stephen Sutton Photo: Press Association

Over 400 people fell 10,000ft from the sky, smashing a Guinness World Records title in honour of Stephen Sutton today in Lincolnshire.

Stephen raised over £5million for Teenage Cancer Trust before his death in May 2014. Amongst 403 people skydiving were Stephen’s mum, Jane, and other family members and friends.

The ‘Skydive for Stephen’ took place today at Hibaldstow Airfield in Lincolnshire. Before Stephen passed away, he had set his heart on breaking the Guinness World Records title for the most people tandem jumping at 10,000 feet in one day. Stephen tried to set up the attempt, but it could not go ahead before he passed away.

Stephen's mum, Jane, skydives in his memory

At the request of his friends and family, Teenage Cancer Trust organised the huge skydiving event, which required at least 287 people to complete a tandem 10,000ft jump in one day.

We all did Stephen proud today by smashing the record and carrying on his fundraising legacy. Thank you to everyone who took part, it’s been such an amazing day. Stephen was adventurous, had no fear and lived his life with no regrets. He would have been so impressed to see how many people he inspired to jump out of a plane today.

– Jane Sutton, Stephen's mother

After finding out his bowel cancer was incurable, Stephen set up a Facebook page called Stephen’s Story. Here he outlined a bucket list of 46 things he wanted to achieve in the time he had left. Number 2 on the list was to skydive. He went on to skydive twice and last year persuaded a large group of others to do it with him. Number 34 was to “Get my name into the Guinness Book of World Records somehow”.

His goal was reached today.