MONEY raised by fundraiser and internet sensation Stephen Sutton will fund cancer care training at Coventry University.
The teenager’s story was followed across the country after his picture went viral online. Stephen lost his battle with bowel cancer in May but donations – now totalling £5million – have continued to flood in for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
This week the charity announced some of the money would pay for 50 student scholarships on the postgraduate Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care course at Coventry University, in recognition of Stephen’s ambition to have a medical career.
Maria Cable, a senior lecturer who runs the university’s cancer care programmes, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer these scholarship programmes to honour Stephen’s name. The university has been working closely with the Teenage Cancer Trust for seven years now to deliver postgraduate and other educational opportunities for professionals in the field of teenager and young adult cancer care, from nurses, doctors and youth support workers to counsellors and psychologists.
“This initiative to make use of the money Stephen raised will ensure we can continue to offer a wide variety of study modules both online and face to face.”
The majority of the money raised by Stephen’s Story will be invested in specialist cancer units in seven cities across England and Scotland.
Siobhan Dunn, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Stephen trusted us to spend the money well and to ‘keep doing what we do’ and this is reflected in our plans. However, Stephen has also allowed us to be more ambitious and we will do more in the next five years than ever before.
“Stephen’s gift to a charity of our size is more than money – the awareness raised of cancer in young people and new supporters inspired by Stephen will be essential if we are to help every young person with cancer who needs us.”