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Dying man in Hampshire granted final wish to see new Star Wars film

Picture credits: Rowans Hospice

A terminally-ill man in a Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville will have his wish granted to see The Rise of Skywalker, before its official release on 19th December, 2019.

It's after the hospice sent out a public appeal asking to make the patient's wish a reality.

Speaking on behalf of Rowans Hospice, Lisa Davies, Health Care Support Worker, who actually brought the patient’s wish to the attention of the rest of the staff at Rowans, commented:

“I am utterly speechless.

"We cannot thank Disney enough for confirming that they will be able share the film to fulfil our patients wish.

"We totally appreciate that they have had to move mountains to make this happen!

“The response from everyone, including the Star Wars community, has been absolutely phenomenal over the last few days.

"So a massive thank you to every single person that has shared our post and given their time to help make this possible.

“We also want to thank the media for covering the story and totally respecting the privacy of the family.”

CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger confirmed the news on Twitter, after the request was initially forwarded by Mark Hammill - the man who plays Luke Skywalker.

In an exclusive interview with us, Rowans Hospice CEO, Ruth White, also read us this statement from the as of yet, unidentified patient:

"I just want to say the biggest thank you to everyone that's helped to make this happen, during what is just a horrible situation to be in.

"You have helped to make some wonderful memories and bring joy to my family.

"I am a huge Star Wars fan and what I'm going through is completely dire.

"Then to top it all, I thought I wasn't going to see them I have been waiting to see since 1977.

"I still can't believe it.

"The only way I can describe this to you is to say that I feel I have won £1 million."

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