The Queen presented an MBE to the mother of Stephen Sutton, the teenager who raised over £5 million for charity, on behalf of her son who died from bowel cancer in May.
Jane Sutton collected the honour at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday that was given to her son before his death for raising millions of pounds for The Teenage Cancer Trust. This fundraising made him a household name, with plenty of media organizations following his campaign.
19-year old Stephen was told just days before he died that he would receive an MBE. Mrs Sutton said: “It was a very proud moment, but a bitter-sweet occasion.”
“I’m feeling so proud to be collecting the award on behalf of Stephen but obviously wish he had been here to collect it himself.”
“But it’s just so nice that he knew about this award before he passed away, I’m so pleased about that.”
“When he found out about it he did use the word ‘awesome’ – he thought it was awesome. I remember he was in the hospital bed and he had a big smile on his face.”
“He knew how important this was and how high an honour this was.”
The Queen told Mrs Sutton that she was “very impressed” with the amount of money Stephen raised and said that she must be very proud.
Even after his death, Stephen’s fundraising and charity work with the Teenage Cancer Trust, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer patients, continues with the dedication of his family.