Glastonbury fan gets dying wish to attend festival one last time as £15,000 is raised to fly him there by helicopter
A Glastonbury superfan with only weeks to live hopes to attend for a final time this weekend after more than £15,000 was raised to fly him 250 miles to the festival by helicopter.
Nigel Stonehouse, 58, has kidney cancer which has spread to his lungs. Doctors say it is incurable.
Friends launched an online appeal so he can enjoy his ‘favourite place on Earth’ before he dies.
Backers have included Fatboy Slim, who is among the musicians performing.
Fundraising organiser Lizzie Beggs said it was Mr Stonehouse’s ‘dying wish’ to be with all his friends at Glastonbury ‘even if only for a few hours for one last time’.
Glastonbury superfan Nigel Stonehouse (写真) wants to attend this year’s festival before he dies of incurable cancer
If he is well enough, the former bricklayer from Hartlepool will be flown from the University Hospital of North Tees, where he is a patient, to Somerset.
He will be in the care of a nurse, while a family who live near the site have offered to put him up.
Friend Gemma Thornton said: ‘This has given him a big boost. It’s the only thing keeping him going.’
Mr Stonehouse has been attending the famous festival for more than 30 years and had a ticket for this year’s event.
He has been told he probably only has ‘a matter of weeks left.’
Yesterday the friends were in the process of booking a suitable helicopter to fly him from hospital to the festival.
His palliative care team have assured him they will try and make it happen if they can.
Mr Stonehouse, pictured here at a previous festival, will fly down in a helicopter hired from funds raised by friends and well wishers
His medical equipment and wheelchair will be transported separately to Somerset and he will be in the care of a nurse and the site medical team if he is able to make the journey.
Arrangements are also being made with festival organisers for Mr Stonehouse to have disabled access to events.
Miss Thornton said: ‘It completing depends on how he progresses and if he has the strength to go, he has good days and bad days. He wants to go but it doesn’t necessarily mean he will be able to go.’
If he is unable to travel the funds raised will be donated to Glastonbury charities.