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‘Thumbs up for Stephen’ from Burntwood

02 May 2014

  • Staffordshire club supports Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Burntwood youngsters organise charity fundraiser
Burntwood players

Photo: RFU Archive

Staffordshire club Burntwood have raised more than £500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust through a charity rugby match.

Some of the players are friends and former schoolmates of Stephen Sutton, a prolific fundraiser for the charity.

Stephen, 19, who lives in Burntwood, has been diagnosed with incurable cancer but has raised more than £3 million for the Trust with his high-profile ‘Thumbs up for Stephen’ campaign, which has attracted celebrity support.

Burntwood’s Under 17 team, fresh from a tour to Belgium, and a returning Colts XV decided to help the fund by staging their charity rugby match.

It was Burntwood’s second event for the ‘Thumbs up for Stephen’ campaign following a marquee dinner at the club’s headquarters. Stephen has also recently visited Burntwood’s Sportsway ground.

The Teenage Cancer Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer patients aged 13-24.