John Boyega dressed as his character Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and brought much-needed joy to some hospital-bound children.
Earlier today, John Boyega visited the Royal London Hospital to hand out toys to hospital-bound children (via Evening Standard). One of the photographs captured at the scene shows the actor playing lightsabers with a little boy, while a girl dressed as Rey looks on with a smile.
via The Evening Standard
Boyega’s visit was the fulfillment of that little boy’s dearest wish. Daniel Bell, five years old and being treated for a brain tumor at the Royal London Hospital, expressed a desire to hand out toys to the other kids staying at the hospital alongside his favorite Star Wars character, Finn. With the help of Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity, Boyega’s visit was subsequently coordinated, and he and Daniel accomplished their mission.
“When I heard about Daniel’s wish to meet Finn,” Boyega said, “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 added that, “It was also great to meet the children at The Royal London Hospital and be a part of something so positive.”
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Daniel’s mother was overjoyed that her son got to have such a wonderful experience. “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.”
In all the frantic excitement of finding pictures of Episode VIII sets and debating about whether or not Plagueis is Snoke, we grown-up fans tend to forget that kids love Star Wars as much as we do, and in a much different way. For them, the pleasure they take in the franchise is as simple and heartfelt as wanting to make a difference in their world with their favorite character. In the end, Star Wars is as much about love and acts of selfless heroism as it is about philosophy and speculation, and kids are a gratifying reminder of that fact.
We wish the best for Daniel and the rest of the younglings at the Royal London Hospital.