Thursday, August 25, 2016

Terminally Ill Fan Granted His #RogueOneWish

By Ciaran Duggan,

Terminally ill Star Wars fan Neil Hanvey, who was admitted to St Michael's Hospice back in April 2016, was granted his dying wish: to be allowed to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story early.

In a similar fashion to the #ForceforDaniel social media campaign, which sought to allow terminally ill Daniel Fleetwood the opportunity to view The Force Awakens before its official December 2015 release, sparked significant fan interest. Thankfully, Daniel Fleetwood was given the chance to watch the film in November 2015, just days before he tragically passed away. He was given huge support from the stars of The Force Awakens - Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Carrie Fisher. 

It is sufficed to say that Hanvey's family was equally successful with their campaign endeavors, as the likes of Mark Hamill and several media outlets, including the Metro, generated further awareness about the campaign to the world. On August 22 2016, St Michael's Hospice posted this update on their Facebook page:

"On behalf of Neil Hanvey, his wife Andrea and all his family, we want to thank everyone who supported the #RogueOneWish campaign. The director of Rogue One, Gareth Edwards did all he could to make Saturday a very special day for Neil. Neil, his family and everyone at St Michael's Hospice would like to say thank you to Disney, Lucasfilm and especially Gareth Edwards. 
The next day, St Michael's Hospice then posted about the tragic passing of Neil Hanvey:

"A message from Neil Hanvey's wife, Andrea. 'On behalf of all our family we would like to thank everyone who has pssed on their condolences following Neil's death last night. We would also like to thank the tens of thousands of people who supported the #RogueOneWish campaign. All the messages of love during the past week have given us real comfort during a very difficult time. We would also like to thank everyone at St Michael's Hospice, especially Amy Duncan, without who #RogueOneWish would not have happened. All donations at Neil's funeral will go to the Hospice's Family Support team and will be used to fund work with children and young people. An online donation page will be set-up shortly."

Here at the Star Wars Underworld, we offer our deepest sympathies to Neil's family.

Source: Star Wars News Net
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