A regional daily has apologised after mistakenly reporting on its front page that the mother of a teenage cancer victim was herself now battling the disease.
The Express & Star, Wolverhampton, carried a printed correction and apology in today’s edition after reporting that Jane Sutton, whose son Stephen raised millions for the Teenage Cancer Trust prior to his death in 2014, had announced she had been diagnosed with the illness.
After the story was published in yeterday’s Staffordshire edition, pictured below, the Trust issued a statement saying there was “absolutely no truth” in the reports.
The story was also picked up a local news agency and by the national press.
Express & Star editor Keith Harrison said: “The story was published in good faith, following a presentation Jane gave in Lichfield over the weekend.
“The correct checks were not made prior to publication and, clearly, there was a misunderstanding leading to the mistake.
“We have apologised to Jane and will also be carrying a correction and printed apology tomorrow. The Express and Star will also be making a donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust.”
The Trust said: “There is absolutely no truth in the mistaken reports that Jane Sutton has cancer. She is well and training for her next challenge, climbing Kilimanjaro in October, to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.”
Stephen rose to fame after beginning his Stephen’s Story blog, documenting his charity activism and his battle with colorectal cancer.
Since his death aged 19, £5.5m has been raised in his name for the Trust.