Westlife star to meet Northampton woman with terminal cancer after online campaign

A social media appeal has been launched on behalf of a terminally ill teenager from Northampton whose dying wish is to meet Westlife star Shane Filan.
A social media appeal has been launched on behalf of a terminally ill teenager from Northampton whose dying wish is to meet Westlife star Shane Filan.

Westlife star Shane Filan has agreed to meet a fan from Northampton with terminal cancer after online campaign was launched to grant her dying wish to meet the Irish singer.

Royal Mail worker Emma Clayson was given the tragic news that her skin cancer has spread on October last year.

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The 23-year-old, of Great Billing, was given three months to live by doctors and since then her condition has become gradually worse to the extent her family say she is now “bedridden” and only has a “few weeks left with us.”

But her illness means the Westlife superfan cannot go to see the band’s former member Shane Filan play a solo gig at the Royal & Derngate on March 5, which she had tickets for.

Miss Clayson’s family asked the Irish star to meet with her before the show by launching an appeal to him on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #‎emmaswish4shane.

In an emotional post her sister Becky Clayson, wrote: “For people that don’t know my sister Emma, who is in her late teens, is terminally ill with cancer and has got a matter of weeks left with us.

Emma Clayson is terminally ill from skin cancer and her family are launching an appeal to help her meet her pop idol.

Emma Clayson is terminally ill from skin cancer and her family are launching an appeal to help her meet her pop idol.

“Ems has concert tickets to see Shane Filan (member of boyband Westlife) at Royal and Derngate on Sat 5th march.

“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.

The post was shared more than 4,000 times in less than a day and several people have tweeted Mr Filan directly in a bid to make the wish come true.

Ms Clayson announced this afternoon that she had been in touch with Mr Filan’s manager and “arrangements were being made” for him to meet Emma.

She said: “I want to thank everyone for their love and support with helping me and my family fulfil Emma’s last wish. I can happily say that Shane Filans manager has been in touch and arrangements are being made!!‪#‎emmaswish4shane‬ THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO SHARED! ❤”