Friday 12th May 2017
The Ride-Out sets off from Lichfield Rugby Club at 11.30am, taking in local villages including Hopwas, Elford, Alrewas, Kings Bromley, passing the Bowling Green pub on the outskirts of Lichfield then through Burntwood ending at Burntwood Rugby Club at approximately 12.15pm.
Stephen's mum, Jane, will again be riding on the lead bike, ahead of several hundred bikers and classic cars as they wind their way along the 27-mile route. One bike, as has become tradition since Stephen passed away, will be selected on the morning to have a vacant seat carrying a tribute message to Stephen.
Event organiser Colin Jacques made a "personal promise" to the inspirational 19-year-old to continue the event each year. He has stayed true to his word - and the event has grown exponentially each year since, with last year's 'Ride-Out' raising £10,052 bringing the four-year total to date to over £34,500.
Colin said: "We would like to see as many well-wishers as possible along the route and to tie yellow ribbons on their front doors or gates to mark, what will be three years since Stephen lost his remarkably brave battle with cancer."
Stephen, who was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer when he was 15, passed away at the age of nineteen on 14 May, 2014.
He captivated millions of people across the world with his incredible positivity in the face of incurable cancer. His fundraising legacy now exceeds £5.6million and continues to rise as people organise fundraising events around the country in his memory.
Jane Sutton added:
The Ride-Out is one of my favourite events particularly as I get to ride on the lead bike and we travel through a 'sea' of yellow ribbons and bows over the last mile of the route through Burntwood.
"It's lovely that Colin & Elle Jacques have stood by their promise to Stephen in continuing to organise the 'Ride-Out' and that so many people want to come along to support the event and help generate more money towards Stephen's fundraising total for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Grace Higgins, Regional Fundraising Manager at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: "We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported and continues to support Jane, Stephen's Story and Teenage Cancer Trust. Over the past three years, you've helped us make great progress in making sure that young people with cancer have the best treatment, care and support but there is so much more to do.
"Right now, for every young person we can reach, there is another we can't. Our supporters make our work possible and, with continued support, we will be able to get ever closer to being there for every young person with cancer who needs us."