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Glastonbury Festival: Dying man to grant last wish and visit one last time

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Nigel Stonehouse was diagnosed with terminal cancer a few weeks ago (Image: SWNS/GoFundMe)

A dying Glastonbury veteran has been given one last chance to go to the festival he loves, thanks to the kindness of strangers.

A friend of Nigel Stonehouse, 58, started an online fundraiser to fly him to the party in Somerset by helicopter.

The former bricklayer was diagnosed with kidney cancer just last month and was told he has weeks to live.

He received the devastating news that the disease had spread to his lungs, but his friends are determined he will be at his favorite festival last weekend.

The campaign drew a lot of attention, including from Fatboy Slim.

Now the £12,000 goal of chartering a helicopter has been smashed in just two days.

At the time of writing, over £15,000 has been donated to the GoFundMe page to get him to Pilton Farm from North Tees Hospital.

Girlfriend Lizzie Beggs wrote on the page that the money would be donated to charities linked to the event if he is too ill to travel.

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The former Hartlepool mason has been attending the festival for three decades (Credits: PA)

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Friends want to charter a helicopter from Teesside to Somerset so he can go to the festival one last time (Image: PA)

She continued, “If anyone has any ideas, connections or anything that could help us make this happen (logistically or financially or in any way possible) and fulfill Nigel’s last wish, we will be in your debt forever and ever to be thankful.”

The palliative care team at the hospital where Nigel is staying have offered to facilitate the trip and the Glasto organizers have also lent a helping hand.

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

The festival is taking place this weekend for the first time in three years and is being helmed by Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar.

He should have come this week as usual, but his plans have been upended by the diagnosis.

Friends say he is “very stubborn and determined” despite his condition and is looking forward to seeing Diana Ross this year.

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Justin Scacco

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