The chums of a terminally in poor health man have launched a fundraising marketing campaign to assist him attend the Glastonbury competition subsequent week.
Nigel Stonehouse, 58, from Hartlepool, was not too long ago recognized with kidney most cancers, which has now unfold to his lungs. After receiving the terminal prognosis, his buddies wished to fulfil his “dying want” of attending the competition for a closing time.
The previous bricklayer, described by his buddies as a “competition veteran”, has been going to Glastonbury for the final 30 years, and has watched headliners such because the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Johnny Money carry out.
He had been as a result of go to this week, however can not journey for lengthy with out medical assist, so buddies have launched a fundraiser to pay for a helicopter to fly him there from North Tees hospital.
Chatting with PA information company, Maria Beggs, one of many organisers of the fundraiser, stated Stonehouse was “feeling constructive” and that the assist had “given him a lift and one thing to hope for”. He was “very cussed and decided” and was wanting ahead to watching Diana Ross at this yr’s occasion, she stated.
The “fantastic palliative care crew have assured him that they are going to do all they’ll to make this occur,” one other organiser, Lizzie Beggs, wrote on the fundraising web page.
The trouble has already raised £9,000 from over 500 donations in direction of the £12,000 price of chartering a helicopter. Supporters together with DJ Fatboy Slim, who’s taking part in at this yr’s competition, have been sharing the fundraising web page on Twitter.
Whereas they hope to “transfer heaven and earth” to get Stonehouse to Glastonbury, even when “only for a couple of hours”, his buddies recognise that even when they fundraising goal is met, his situation might deteriorate, which means he may very well be too unwell to attend. “Wherein case, the funds will probably be donated to Glastonbury charities” states the fundraising web page.