Terminally-ill Lusty sailor appeals to Portsmouth to make dream holiday come true

FRIENDS of a dying sailor are being called to help make his final wish, to go on a magical cruise with his wife and see the stars at sea, come true.

Tuesday, 7th March 2017, 10:01 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:04 am
John helped with HMS Illustrious's rescue effort following the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013. Photo: LA(Phot) Nicky Wilson

John Urmson, 37, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in November 2015 and is desperate to make one last memory with his soul mate, Lisa, before he becomes too ill.

A JustGiving campaign has been set up and has already drummed up more than £2,000 of the £3,500 target.

Father-of-five John, who served on the former Portsmouth aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious as a Naval Airman (Aircraft Handler), was overwhelmed by the generosity, and described his supporters as ‘angels’.

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During his time on Illustrious, he helped with the rescue effort in the Philippines in the aftermath of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan.

Friend Katie McAdams, who set up the online appeal, described John as ‘an exceptional person who has always prided himself on helping other’.

To support the fundraising appeal, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/JohnCruise