Selfless five-year-old chooses to share his wish to meet Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with other seriously ill children
John Boyega granted a very special wish for five-year-old Daniel Bell, from Ormskirk who was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged just three-years-old, to meet ‘Finn’ from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity. The selfless boy chose to use his wish to brighten the lives of other seriously ill children when he asked to deliver toys with Finn to young patients being treated at The Royal London Hospital, run by the Barts Health NHS Trust. The BAFTA award winning actor jumped at the opportunity of making his dream become a reality.
John arrived to meet Daniel as his character Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens for some one-to-one time before heading to the hospital. During which, John taught Daniel and his sister, Layla, some very special Lightsaber moves and tricks.
Rosalind, Daniel’s mum, said:
“Daniel loves Star Wars and especially Finn – he thinks he is super cool and runs around the house pretending to be him every day.To see Daniel smile like that without a care in the world after everything he’s been through, knowing how much time and effort Rays of Sunshine have put in to his wish and that John Boyega gave his time to make it come true, is priceless. Both Rays of Sunshine and Finn together have changed Daniel’s world for him. These things can’t be bought and really do mean the world. There are no words to express how grateful we are to you all. Daniel is on cloud nine! Or should we say, somewhere past Jakku!”
John Boyega, commented:
“When I heard about Daniel’s wish to meet Finn, I jumped at the chance to make it come true. It was fantastic to be a part of his very special wish with Rays of Sunshine. He is an amazing and inspirational boy and it was a pleasure to meet him and his family. It was also great to meet the children at The Royal London Hospital and be a part of something so positive.”
Tara Shea, Play Team Leader at The Royal London Hospital, run by the Barts Health NHS Trust, added:
“We were so honoured to be asked to help make Daniel’s wish come true, to meet Finn and give other children in hospital gifts. Many of the children at the hospital have serious illnesses or spend long periods on the wards, special visits, such as today’s, really do lift their mood and give them happy experiences during what can be a difficult time. As Daniel knows what it is like to be in hospital it was so lovely for him to want to use his wish to give back and help out our patients. We were all touched and moved by the afternoon.”
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