THE MOTHER of a teenager who stole the nation’s heart with his battle against cancer was the guest of honour at Pershore High School’s presentation evening.
The awards evening saw pupils and staff collect prizes and give speeches about their experiences and achievements over the past year in the school on Thursday (June 25).
One of the highlights of the evening was an motivational speech given by Jane Sutton, the mother of Stephen Sutton who passed away last year from terminal cancer after winning the heart of the nation with his dedication to live life.
Mrs Sutton collected a cheque of £1,000 donated by the school for Teenage Cancer Trust who helped Stephen during his treatment.
Mrs Sutton said: “Number one on Stephen’s bucket list was to raise £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, as a way of thanking the charity for the help it had provided during his treatment, and at the time of his passing, his online fund-raising page had reached £3 million pounds.
“As of today, that total stands in excess of £5.1 million and continues to rise.
“His positivity led him to live life with no regrets and make the most of every minute.
“So go ahead, crush the fears, demolish the doubts, be positive, believe in yourselves and go out there into the big wide world and be who you want to be.”
Headteacher Clive Corbett, said: “A special thank you to our guest of honour, Jane Sutton, for the inspiration Stephen gave to us and that she gave to us all on the evening.
“This has been another special year for Pershore High School.
“We are in the middle of a significant £3.4 million building programme. The Art block is nearing completion and the Humanities block will be ready by Easter next year.
“But the evening was not about buildings it was about our wonderful young people.
“As Jane said, our students should seize their opportunities – in the classroom, in school and in life,” he added.