Updated: 20/02/16 : 06:50:11
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Sligo Westlife ace grants dying fan's final wish

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SHANE FILAN has granted the final wish of a young fan dying with cancer.

Emma Clayson has only weeks to live with advanced skin cancer.

Her final wish was to meet and have her photo taken with Shane Filan.

It took less than 24 hours for a Facebook appeal by Becky Clayson, the young girl's sister, to get the thumbs-up from the Sligo star.

Filan once fronted Westlife, which beat the Beatles record for the most singles to hit number one in the UK charts and Emma has been a fan all her life.

Drew Blank

The happy ending almost didn't happen as the Northampton girl and her sister initially drew a blank on Twitter.

Thursday's Facebook appeal was then reported by her own local paper Northants Herald & Post yesterday, Friday.

Becky Clayson told how her sister Emma was a huge fan of Shane Filan.

Emma had already purchased tickets, too, to go and see Shane in concert in a fortnight, on Saturday March 5th.

That show will take place in the local Royal and Derngate Theatre.

Explained Becky: ''My sister Emma is terminally ill with cancer and has got a matter of weeks left with us.

''All she wants is to meet Shane, to say 'hello' and have a picture with him as her last wish,'' said the Nationwide Building Society employee.

                      Sligo's Shane Filan gave the thumbs-up to Emma Clayson's final wish

Love, Support

The young woman who made the appeal took to Facebook again last night to confirm her delight.

Said Becky: ''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 Filan's manager has been in touch and arrangements are being made!!''

She thanked everybody who had shared the appeal, which was also picked up by the online edition of The Irish Sun.

The young English woman, Emma Clayson, only first learned last October she had cancer.

It has since advanced and she is now confined to bed, said the Northants Herald & Post.

''Her condition has deteriorated so badly that she cannot move,'' it explained.

Residing in the village of Great Billing, Emma is surrounded by her extended family, added the newspaper.

A move to the local hospice for South Northampton, the Cynthia Spencer Hospice, is imminent.