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, launched an online fundraiser to get him to the Somerset bash by helicopter.
The former bricklayer was diagnosed with kidney cancer just last month and told he has weeks to live.
He was given the devastating news the disease has spread to his lungs but pals are determined for him to have one last weekend at his favourite festival.
The campaign has received widespread attention, including being given a boost by Fatboy Slim.
Now the £12,000 target to charter a helicopter has been smashed in just two days.
At time of writing, more than £15,000 has been donated to the GoFundMe page to get him from North Tees hospital to Pilton Farm.
Friend Lizzie Beggs wrote on the page that the money would be donated to charities associated with the event if he is too unwell to travel.
She continued: ‘If anybody has any ideas, connections or ANYTHING that could help us make this happen (logistically or financially or any possible way) and fulfil Nigel’s dying wish, we will be forever in your debt and eternally grateful.’
The palliative care team at the hospital where Nigel is staying have offered to help facilitate the trip, with Glasto organisers also pitching in.
Mr Stonehouse, described as a ‘festival veteran’, has gone to Glastonbury with his friends for the last 30 years, and has seen the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash and David Bowie perform there.
The festival is due to be held this weekend for the first time in three years and will be headlined by Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar.
He had been due to attend this week as usual but his plans were turned upside by the diagnosis.
Friends say he is ‘very stubborn and determined’ despite his condition and looks forward to watching Diana Ross this year.
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