Cancer hero Stephen Sutton was given Princess Diana award hours before he died

He was honoured for raising millions for charity during his four-year battle with tumours

Stephen Sutton

Cancer charity fundraiser Stephen Sutton was awarded an honour in memory of Princess Diana a few hours before his death.

Stephen, who has raised more than £3.2million for the Teenage Cancer Trust, got the Diana Award for his “outstanding” efforts helping other people.The 19-year-old was suffering from multiple tumours and was readmitted to hospital with breathing difficulties on Sunday. He died in the early hours of today.

The Diana Award was set up in the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales after her death in a Paris car crash in 1997. It is given to young people who have had a major impact on other people’s lives.

Stephen had been fundraising for charity since he was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15 in September 2010.

Hours before his family announced his death, Tessy Ojo, chief executive of theDiana Award, said: “Stephen is a remarkable young man who has achieved so much to help others.

“Everyone has been inspired and captivated by him. On behalf of the Diana Award and the thousands of young people that carry this award, we wholeheartedly congratulate him.”

In a statement posted yesterday on Stephen’s Facebook page, his family said his condition had deteriorated over the previous 24 hours due to the re-growth of tumours blocking his airway.

This morning his mother Jane, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, wrote: “My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May.

“The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey.

“We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many.”

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