Free Radio puts on Stephen Sutton event
Free Radio will bring together pop and comedy acts later this year for a one-off event in memory of Stephen Sutton.
Stephen Sutton is the 19-year-old bowel cancer sufferer who raised millions for Teenage Cancer Trust, before his death last month.
Smile for Stephen will be a medley of music and comedy, the station says. All profits will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust. Stephen’s mother, Jane Sutton, gave the event her blessing, before it was unveiled this week live on Free Radio, one of Stephen’s local radio station, in Birmingham.
Jane said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to not only celebrate Stephen’s life, but to also keep the campaign going, and will help to raise lots more money for such a fantastic cause”.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the continued support from the public, it’s clear that Stephen’s Story touched so many people,” she added.
Phil Riley, CEO of Orion Media, which runs Free Radio said: “We have all been overwhelmed by Stephen’s story, as have our listeners. With Jane Sutton’s blessing, we therefore wanted to do something on their behalf to let them show how much his inspiring journey and life-affirming approach has touched all our lives. Stephen was a local lad, so it’s particularly important for us to help celebrate his life.”
It is hoped a sell-out show, which will take place at Birmingham’s 15,000-seat LG Arena, on November 30th, will raise a six-figure sum for Teenage Cancer Trust. The first acts will be announced over the coming weeks.
Simon Fuller, Director of Services at Teenage Cancer Trust said: “Music was a big part of Stephen’s life and is at the heart of Teenage Cancer Trust. Stephen’s legacy will make an enormous difference to the quality of life of other young people with cancer in this country.”
“We rely on donations to fund all of our vital work supporting young people with cancer and we could not do what we do without everyone’s support. A huge thank you to everyone involved from Teenage Cancer Trust and all the young people whose lives you are helping.”
Stephen, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, drew up a list of things he wanted to do before he died called Stephen’s Story, and one of those was to raise £1million for charity.
His campaign attracted huge support, earning praise from celebrities including Jason Manford, Russell Brand, Simon Cowell and Ricky Gervais. To date, the total on his Just Giving page stands at over £4.2million.