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Why hug for Stephen?

When Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with incurable cancer, he made it his mission to spend his remaining days spreading positivity. By the time he died last year, aged 19, he’d become an inspiration to millions of people.


Just four days before he died, he launched National Good Gestures Day with Fixers - an event that saw young people connect with others through random acts of kindness, including hugs! It was Stephen’s wish that this continue each year.

To read more about National Good Gestures Day 2015, click here





A Message from Stephen's Mum

“Don’t feel sad for Stephen, just spread kindness in his name. I’d like everyone to hug for Stephen!

“Stephen believed in the power of positivity and kindness for the sake of spreading good. Good Gestures Day is the perfect way to keep his message alive. A hug can’t heal everything but it makes us all feel better.


“It’s a lovely way to remember him this year by showing how powerful it can be to try to make things better for everyone, no matter what you’re going through.


“We want as many people as possible to get involved and post their hugging pictures online. They could hug their granny, their dog or even a tree! It’ll put a massive smile on everyone’s face.” - Jane Sutton

National Good Gestures Day!

Hundreds of people descended on town and city centres across the UK on Saturday 16th May to share hugs with passers-by.

This year’s National Good Gestures Day took place in fifteen different locations between 11am and 3pm.

Well-wishers also doled out high-fives, handshakes and fist bumps to continue spreading Stephen’s message of positivity and make others smile.


An Award-Winning Campaign

Stephen was honoured with a posthumous Special Achievement Award at the National Lottery Awards 2014 for his Fixers National Good Gestures Day campaign. The accolade was presented to Stephen’s mum, Jane, and brother, Chris, by host John Barrowman.

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