A brief outline
The ride-out is managed by Col & Elle Jacques, the parents of Tom, who came home from school one day in January 2013 with the news that his close friend, Stephen, had been told his cancer was incurable and he had written a, now famous, bucket list. Whilst Tom appreciated we were powerless to change Stephen’s situation he asked us to help with item 1, Ste’s wish to raise £10,000 for The Teenage Cancer Trust. The Stephen Sutton Ride-Out is the result of an idea to invite a few local bikers on a day out and for them to chip in to an ‘unknown’ teenager’s ‘pot’
Numerous links to Stephen’s website and facebook can be found within the site but please study the text on the pages for our interpretation of why we all do what we do
Stephen was incredible!
When we first heard of his diagnosis, almost 7 years ago, we knew him simply as a schoolboy who was prepared to undergo whatever treatment was necessary to be able to continue with his life and to have a future. Night after night he pounded the streets as part of his fitness regime in preparation for when he was ‘cured’ Even when, in January 2013, he drew up his bucket list, we saw him being prepared to hit his destiny ‘head on’
As adults it was easy to feel pity at the thought of such a bright young man’s life being brought to a premature end but he, somehow, grabbed destiny by the horns and showed everyone what can be achieved if you set your mind to it. He knew he had no control over the cancer that was to eventually take his life on May 14th 2014, but he had such a belief that he could make a difference, he managed to lift the spirits of everyone he met. From fellow cancer sufferers, primary schoolchildren and local ‘folk’ to sportsmen, popstars, world leaders and the occassional comedian, he shone bright. Whilst every item on his bucket list had it’s own importance we are all part of No.42 (To inspire someone else to be a doctor or fundraiser”) and we remember the day it dawned on him that he was, in fact, surrounded by fundraisers and it was about bloody time he marked it as “done!”. Two weeks before he gave his “thumbs up!” from his hospital bed he used is pursuasive charm to ensure we continue this event as part of his legacy. We in turn, promised him that not only would we continue but we would ensure there would always be a pillion seat bearing his name.
Over the last few years Stephen’s influence has been marked by all manner of awards from Local to National level, including his postumus MBE.