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Stephen Sutton: Posthumous honorary degree from Coventry University

Stephen Sutton
Image caption Stephen Sutton has been awarded a doctorate of science posthumously

Fundraiser Stephen Sutton has received a posthumous honorary degree from Coventry University.

The 19-year-old, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, died of cancer in May and raised more than £5m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

More than £1m of the total is being used for 50 university scholarships to train people in cancer care.

His mother Jane accepted the honorary doctorate of science at Coventry Cathedral.

'Bittersweet moment'

She said she was honoured because her son wanted to study medicine but also sad he was not there to collect it in person.

"It's a bittersweet moment," she said.

Stephen drew up a bucket list of 46 things to do before he died, including playing drums at a Wembley cup final and getting a tattoo.

Last week his mother accepted an MBE on his behalf from the Queen.

Coventry University vice-chancellor John Latham said: "Stephen's commendation is particularly fitting, not only in light of his wish to pursue a medical career, but also coming soon after the Teenage Cancer Trust announced it would be using part of the money he raised to fund scholarships for professionals to train at Coventry University.

"We're delighted to be supporting Stephen's legacy in this way."

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