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Stephen Sutton funeral and public vigil announced

Stephen Sutton Image copyright Stephen Sutton
Image caption Stephen's fundraising campaign attracted huge attention last month after he posted a 'final' selfie online.

A public vigil will be held to remember teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton, it has been announced.

His body will lie in "a place of honour" at Lichfield Cathedral from 19:00 BST on 29 May, before a private family funeral the next day.

Cathedral officials said the building would be open for members of the public to pay their respects.

Stephen, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, raised £3.2m ($5.36m) for the Teenage Cancer Trust before his death.

'Thumbs up' memorial

His mother, Jane Sutton, said the "love and support" for Stephen's family in the wake of his death last Wednesday was a "great comfort".

Instead of a traditional minute's silence, a celebratory 'thumbs up' will take place at 11:00 on 30 May before his funeral.

Stephen made the gesture in his 'final' selfie, which kick-started his record-breaking fundraising efforts.

Since his death, the amount raised through his Justgiving page has topped £3.9m ($6.58m).

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