In January 2013 Stephen Sutton created a blog named ‘Stephens story’ which was based on his battle with cancer, his bucket list items and what he wanted to do. One of his goals before he passed away was to raise £10,000 for the teenage cancer trust.
In May 2014 Stephen managed to reach his ultimate goal of £1,000,000, he was headlining in the news on a daily basis for his amazing fundraising techniques and his story went global. People shared the #thumbsupforstephen where thousands of people shared a photo of them doing a thumb’s up and donated money towards Stephens fundraiser, he managed to get donations from all over the world!
Stephen Sutton was a fellow fixer and he wanted to share happiness and kindness to everybody to make somebody smile and spreading positivity. Four days before he passed away he decided to make a ‘good gestures day’ which is where him and his friends/family/strangers joined together to share positivity, through high-fives, fist bumps and free hugs as this is a random act of kindness and you never know, this can make someone smile.
Unfortunately Stephen lost his battle to cancer on the 14th of may 2014, but in his legacy he still managed to raise £5 million pounds for the teenage cancer trust.
A year after his death fixers made Stephen Sutton’s death into a positive, on the 16th of may 2015 hundreds of fixers took to the streets of Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Falmouth, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton and Swansea.
I went to the good gestures day in Cardiff and we had an amazing turn out, we gave out a lot of high fives, fist bumps and hugs and we managed to make people smile, which was the goal of the day! We had a hug of a victor, we was making little kids smile and the reason behind this is, we should all be kind and keep something in Stephen’s memory. Lets hope that good gestures day will be an annual date because Stephen managed to inspire and help thousands of people and he deserves it.