A terminally ill man’s last wish is to get to Glastonbury by helicopter

Nigel Stonehouse smiles

Nigel Stonehouse is an inpatient at a North Tees hospital (Image: PA/Getty)

A festival-loving man with advanced cancer is hoping for one last hurray by coming to Glastonbury – despite being an in-patient in hospital.

Former Hartlepool mason Nigel Stonehouse had bought a general admission ticket to the festival when he thought he would be well enough to walk normally.

But after being diagnosed with kidney cancer just last month, the 58-year-old has now been told he has just weeks to live.

Friends he wanted to go to the festival with are raising funds to try and get him there in a helicopter, and Fatboy Slim, who will be performing there, has even joined in with support.

His close friend Lizzie Beggs, who is supporting the effort, wrote: “Nige was planning to be at Glastonbury with all of us next week and he has made it his dying wish to make it there, if only for a few hours for one last time.

“He is currently an in-patient at North Tees Hospital and their wonderful palliative care team have assured him that they will do everything they can to make this happen.

“Within hours they had been in touch with the festival site directors who informed them that they would support in any way at their disposal.

“Unfortunately there is no more space in the accessible areas (Nige has a general sale ticket) but they facilitate entry via the accessible car park.

“This is obviously a huge undertaking and will be costly. The palliative care team suggested that a helicopter be commissioned – the first offer we received is for £12,000.”

Dubbed a ‘festival veteran’, Mr Stonehouse has been taking friends to Glastonbury for the past 30 years to see the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash and David Bowie.

Mr Stonehouse was diagnosed with cancer in mid-May and doctors have now told him it is terminal and has spread to his lungs.

He was due to go to Glastonbury this week but can’t travel much longer without medical assistance so they have launched a fundraiser to pay for a helicopter to fly him there from North Tees Hospital.

Crowds listen to Kyle Minogue on the main stage at Glastonbury in 2019

Crowds listen to Kyle Minogue on the main stage at Glastonbury in 2019 (Image: Getty)

Almost £10,000 of the £12,000 target had been raised on Sunday evening.

Organizers said: “We are also aware that even if we do raise the funds, Nige may be too sick to get there. In this case, the funds will be donated to charities in Glastonbury.”

His friends say he is “very stubborn and determined” despite his condition and is looking forward to seeing Diana Ross at Somerset Festival this year from 22-26 June.

Maria Beggs said: “He’s feeling positive and it’s given him a boost and something positive to hope for.”

Fatboy Slim said on Twitter: “Guys. I was contacted by the friend of a terminally ill man who wants to go to Glasto 1 for the last time.

“He’s so badly ill with cancer that they have to fly him in in an ambulance. If you would join me in fulfilling Nige’s last wish, please donate here.’

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