Westlife star Shane Filan grants fan’s dying wish to meet him
Published 01/03/2016 | 11:18
Shane Filan has fulfilled the dying wish of a dedicated Westlife fan, who dreamed of meeting the star since she was a young girl.
Emma Clayson (23) from Northampton in England, was diagnosed with terminal cancer late last year, and doctors told her she only had months to live.
The woman’s sister Becky (21) launched a campaign to help her sibling meet her idol Shane Filan before she passed away, which was picked up by the singer’s team who arranged for the pair to meet.
The ex-boyband member, who has recently launched a solo career, visited Emma in her home and spent an hour chatting to the Westlife fan and her family. Just 18 hours after the visit, Emma sadly passed away.
During the visit, Emma’s sister Becky thanked the star for the happiness he had brought to her sister through the means of music, which she said helped her through her darkest days.
Becky also thanks those who supported the campaign on Facebook, which brought Shane and Emma together before she lost her battle.
“Shane Filan came to our house and granted my gorgeous sister her last wish. Thank you all so much. Thank you to everyone who helped me in making Emma’s last day a very happy one,” she wrote.
In her original post, Becky wrote of Emma’s dedication to Westlife, which formulated when she was a young girl.
"For me, I would be so happy for the rest of my life, just knowing she was happy - because it is absolutely heartbreaking and devastating right now, seeing her like this,” she told the publication.
"For people that don't know my sister Emma is terminally ill with cancer and has got a matter of weeks left with us,” Becky wrote.
"Em’s has concert tickets to see Shane Filan at Royal on Saturday March 5. Unfortunately she can't go as she is completely bedridden and unable to move anymore.
"All she wants is to meet him to say hello and have a picture with him as her last wish. We've tried contacting his Twitter several times and no response, please like and share this post and get the word around! Please help my sister have her last wish,” she wrote.
Speaking to The Northampton Post, Becky revealed that her sister has attended more than 30 Westlife concerts in her short life, and has chosen one of their songs to be played at her funeral.
"For me, I would be so happy for the rest of my life, just knowing she was happy - because it is aboslutely heartbreaking and devastating right now, seeing her like this,” she told the publication.
"She is my eldest sister but she is just two years older, so we grew up like twins really. We are really close-knit family, and seeing her not being able to do anything and seeing my mum have to be pretty much her carer is really hard.
"We are just trying so hard now to make sure she is comfortable and happy."
"She really does have a heart of gold and would simply light up a room."