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Stephen Sutton Vigil As Donations Top £4m
The appeal by teenage cancer fund-raiser Stephen Sutton has passed £4m as thousands of people attend his two-day vigil.
The 19-year-old will never be forgotten because of the "incredible impact" he had on the lives of young people with cancer, said Teenage Cancer Trust - the charity he raised money for.
His vigil began at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire, on Thursday evening, with friends and well-wishers forming long queues to pay their respects to the teenager whose courage facing terminal cancer inspired millions across the world.
His coffin was taken through the streets by horse-drawn hearse as hundreds lined the pavements.
The cathedral was so packed, dozens stood outside the doors, hoping to catch a glimpse of the service.
The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, told gathered mourners Stephen "in his all too brief life" had taught "how to make the unacceptable, beautiful".
"He chose to share his exuberance with us, not his pain," he added.
Stephen originally started the charity drive on his justgiving.com page†and hoped to raise £10,000,†but donations continue to pour in from people touched by his example.
He died on May 14 after succumbing to multiple tumours.
Among those paying tribute at the cathedral were Celia Houghton and her 14-year-old daughter Freya, who went to school with Stephen.
The teenager remembered a powerful speech the young man gave to the school's assembly a year ago, saying "he was one person who stood out".
"The one thing that spoke to me was when he said 'don't measure time by the clock, measure it by what you do'," added Freya. "When he died, people cried at school."
Teenage Cancer Trust's chief executive Siobhan Dunn said: "Stephen's an extraordinary young man who has had the most incredible impact on the lives of so many young people with cancer.
"I think it's really important there's a public celebration of Stephen's life and I think that's exactly what he would have wanted."
Stephen's mother Jane Sutton called for people not to wear black to the vigil, but to "do something to make others happy".
Yellow ribbons have appeared around Stephen's home town of Burntwood and other towns in Staffordshire, because of its association with summer - Stephen's favourite season.
Before his death, he said: "I don't see the point in measuring life in terms of time anymore. I'd rather measure life in terms of making a difference."