We drummed with him in the UEFA Champions League Final 2013 pre-show at Wembley Stadium in front of 90,000 people, fulfilling an item from Stephen's bucket list, and we made him the first Honorary Pandemonium Drummer.
Stephen was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15 and found out that his disease was incurable in 2013.
He was dubbed a 'fundraising phenomenon' by the media; his unbeatable positive outlook on life touched and motivated people across the globe and drew in support from a wide range of celebrities.
This is a message from the Chair of the Pandemonium Drummers, Neil Goulder:
Stephen's endless cheery optimism lifted everyone who met him. He made extraordinary things happen and will never be forgotten by those of us fortunate to have met him.When we return to Wembley Stadium this weekend, we will drum in memory of Stephen.
Rest now, Stephen. You taught us a great deal about life, and have inspired thousands to carry on your work.
Stephen Sutton. Honorary Drummer 1001 of the Pandemonium Drummers
The Pandemonium Drummers were originally put together by London 2012 Ceremonies for the Pandemonium segment of Danny Boyle's spectacular Olympic Opening Ceremony. Following the Ceremony, the volunteer drummers kept on performing at a variety of events.
Based on their extensive training, they performed at other Opening Ceremonies, including the UEFA Champions League Final 2013, the FA Cup Final 2014, and the Heineken Cup Final 2014, and at a variety of large and small festivals as well as sports and community events. The Pandemonium Drummers are a returning act in London's major parades, including the London New Years' Day Parade, St Patrick's Day Parade, and the Lord Mayor's Show, and they coined Cheer Drumming, supporting runners at major sports events across the capital and beyond. The Pandemonium Drummers have supported the Special Olympics, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and a wide range of other charities.
The Pandemonium Drummers are a constituted association with charitable aims, and are working on a non-profit basis as volunteers.
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