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Tribute to brave Stephen Sutton hits the music charts

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A MUSIC tribute to a brave teenager who raised millions for charity while battling cancer is now fighting for the top chart spot.

Two Staffordshire County Council employees have found themselves in the spotlight after a music tribute to Stephen Sutton, entitled Hope Ain’t a Bad Thing, became an overnight download hit.

Within hours of going live the song went to number two in the iTunes download chart and fought Ed Sheeran for the top spot.

The song, recorded by the 40 plus musicians behind The Neon Brotherhood, was written by clerical officer Martin Stanyer and features project officer Ryan Mclean.

It includes a message from Stephen and the group shared the song with the 19-year-old before his death. Stephen’s mother Jane has also given the song her blessing.

Council leader Philip Atkins, who represents Rocester on the authority, said: “Stephen Sutton’s story and his inspiration lives on and it is great to see that Martin and Ryan and the other musicians are helping to ensure his legacy continues.

“Many congratulation to them on this fantastic tribute and I certainly hope people support the track to raise even more money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.”

The single is now available on iTunes and has sold more than 20,000 copies. Anyone wanting to download the single can visit https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hope-aint-a-bad-thing-single/id885059470?ls=1

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