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Cancer teen’s balloon finds its way over to Lancashire

Colin Tandy holding a yellow balloon that had landed in his garden, he thinks it was blown there from Litchfield when  hundreds of yellow balloons were released at the funeral of Stephen Sutton on Friday.

Colin Tandy holding a yellow balloon that had landed in his garden, he thinks it was blown there from Litchfield when hundreds of yellow balloons were released at the funeral of Stephen Sutton on Friday.

Teenage cancer fundraiser, Stephen Sutton, touched many lives and raised millions of pounds before he passed away on May 19.

And his reach may have travelled to Lancashire when one of the balloons, believed to have been released at his funeral last Friday, turned up in Leyland.

Colin Tandy, 71, from Elm Grove, Cuerden Park, Leyland, was busy in his garden on Saturday afternoon when he came across a curious object.

He said: “I didn’t really take much notice of it at first. I just thought it had come from a nearby party but then I realised I’d seen the story about Stephen’s funeral and thought it might have been one of the bunch his family released.”

More then 11,000 people had paid their respects to 19-year-old Stephen at Lichfield Cathedral where a vigil had been held since Thursday.

Stephen, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, raised more than £4m for the Teenage Cancer Trust when news of his plight spread on social media.

Colin, who volunteers for the Ambulance Service said: “The balloon’s looking pretty weathered now but I suppose it’s travelled a fair way.

“There are no tags on it and nothing to say it was one of Stephen’s but it looks remarkably like the ones that were shown being released on the television.

“At first it felt a little bit spooky and I hoped it wasn’t a bad omen but then I thought it could only be a nice thing because he touched so many people and raised all that money.

“Now it’s as if he’s touched my part of the world.”

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 15, Stephen drew up a “bucket list” of things he wanted to achieve before he died.

One item on his wish list was to raise just £10,000 for charity, but Stephen’s fundraising campaign attracted huge attention when he posted a ‘selfie’ from his hospital bed online.

The image went viral and attracted the support of celebrities including comedian Jason Manford, who championed Stephen’s charity efforts.

 

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