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article imagePublic vigil announced for Stephen Sutton, ahead of funeral

By Mathew Wace Peck     May 28, 2014 in World
A public vigil is to be held for Stephen Sutton — the fund-raiser who died aged just 19 — ahead of a private funeral service later this week.
Stephen, who died on May 14, after a long battle with cancer, received international recognition last month after a video he posted online went viral.
BBC News, Stoke & Staffordshire reports that the teenager’s body would lie in “a place of honour” at Lichfield Cathedral, thus allowing members of the public “to pay their respects.” The cathedral will be open on May 29, from 7 p.m. (BST).
A private funeral for family and close friends is due to be held the following day (Friday, May 30); at which, the BBC reports, “Instead of a traditional minute’s silence, a celebratory ‘thumbs-up’ will take place at 11:00 (BST).”
For a number of years, the teenager had been raising money for charity through his Stephen’s story Facebook page.
The page also detailed his ongoing “bucket list” of achievements he wished to complete before he died.
Last week, it was announced that the main stage at this year’s Download Festival would be renamed the Stephen Sutton Stage, in honour of the young man, who attended the event in 2013.
In the statement, organiser’s said that they had consulted with Stephen’s parents about the move and confirmed also that they would continue his fundraising going at Download, too.
Prior to Stephen’s death, the teenager, who hails from Burntwood, in Staffordshire, in the UK, raised £3.2 million ($5.36 million) for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
That figure has since increased to almost £4 million.
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