Fundraiser launched to fly terminally ill man to Glastonbury by helicopter | Glastonbury 2022

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Friends of a terminally ill man have launched a fundraising campaign to help him attend Glastonbury Festival next week.

Nigel Stonehouse, 58, from Hartlepool, was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer, which has now spread to his lungs. After receiving the terminal diagnosis, her friends wanted to fulfill her “last wish” to attend the festival one last time.

The former Mason, described by friends as a “veteran of festivals”, has been visiting Glastonbury for 30 years and has seen headliners such as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Johnny Cash perform.

He was due to surrender this week but can’t travel much longer without medical help, so friends have launched a fundraiser to pay for a helicopter to transport him from North Tees Hospital.

Speaking to the PA News Agency, Maria Beggs, one of the fundraiser organizers, said Stonehouse “felt positive” and that the support had “given her a boost and something to to hope”. He was “very stubborn and determined” and couldn’t wait to see Diana Ross at this year’s event, she said.

She was assured by the “wonderful palliative care team that they would do everything possible to make this happen,” another organizer, Lizzie Beggs, wrote on the fundraising page.

The effort has already raised £9,000 from more than 500 donations for the £12,000 cost of chartering a helicopter. Supporters including DJ Fatboy Slim, who plays at this year’s festival, shared the fundraising page on Twitter.

While they hope to ‘move heaven and earth’ to get Stonehouse to Glastonbury, even if ‘only for a few hours’, his friends acknowledge that even if their fundraising goal is met, his condition could deteriorate, meaning that he might be too ill to attend. “In this case, the funds will be donated to charities in Glastonbury,” the fundraising page reads.

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