Stephen’s Story: JustGiving ‘deserved its £180k from Teenage Cancer Trust fundraiser’

JustGiving ‘deserved its £180k earned from Stephen's Story’
Hero: Teenage Cancer Trust fundraiser Stephen Sutton (Picture: PA)

The website hosting Stephen Sutton’s cancer charity appeal stands to make £180,000 from the £3.7million fund, it has emerged.

JustGiving takes a five per cent cut of all donations and bosses have refused to waive their commission.

But critics hope they will bow to public pressure and donate their fee from the 19-year-old’s account to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Tie a yellow ribbon: Bows left by old school pals at a memorial (Picture: Caters)
Tie a yellow ribbon: Bows left by old school pals at a memorial (Picture: Caters)

As donations continued to flood into Stephen’s appeal following his death yesterday, supporters lobbied for the website to increase the £50,000 pledge it made to the fund last month.

Kevin Baughen wrote on Twitter: ‘Check my maths; does this awesome success equate to a fee for JustGiving of £160,000?’, while Andy Jackson posted: ‘Technically they could donate another £50k! Go on!’

User 3littlefrogs wrote on Mumsnet: ‘There are similar organisations that take a lot less – more like two per cent – which is why I won’t use or donate through JustGiving.’

Poignant: Stephen’s inspiring words written in chalk in Birmingham (Picture: NTI)
Poignant: Stephen’s inspiring words written in chalk in Birmingham (Picture: NTI)

JustGiving waived its slice of the £76,000 raised for the National Osteoporosis Society by Rob Berry after he died during the London Marathon last month.

But Rosalind Holley, the site’s head of marketing, ruled out repeating that gesture for Stephen’s appeal.

‘We reinvest all our fees back into JustGiving to improve our service to our users and we believe charities need technology innovation like never before,’ said Ms Holley, who went on to add: ‘Innovation requires investment.’

Tributes: Girls sign a condolence book in memory of Stephen (Picture: Caters)
Tributes: Girls sign a condolence book in memory of Stephen (Picture: Caters)

Since the site was formed in 2000, it has raised £1billion for charities. The Teenage Cancer Trust, which will benefit from the appeal, did not respond to a request for comment.

Stephen launched a bid to raise £10,000 in January, but brought in 350 times that sum before he died.

He held his mother Jane’s hand as he ‘slipped away’, his family said.

Hundreds of tributes were laid at the Chase Terrace Technology College, in his home town of Burntwood, Staffordshire, where Stephen was a student.

15 May 2014 | 10:42 pm – Source: metro.co.uk
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