Search

Man donates money stolen from Hornchurch shop in aid of three-year-old girl with rare cancer

PUBLISHED: 16:10 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:10 05 April 2018

Isla with parents Nicola and Michael. Picture: KEN MEARS

Isla with parents Nicola and Michael. Picture: KEN MEARS

Archant

A man has donated £300 after hearing that a charity tin was stolen from a shop in Hornchurch.

Chris Mila, owner of the New Regal Fish Bar where a charity box with the collection for Isla Caton was stolenChris Mila, owner of the New Regal Fish Bar where a charity box with the collection for Isla Caton was stolen

The tin that was collecting money for Isla Caton - three-year-old girl who has a rare cancer - and was stolen a few weeks ago from the New Regal fish and chip shop in Tadworth Parade.

It was believed to contain around £300.

The man - who wished to remain anonymous - spoke to the Recorder and said that he wanted to help out after reading our story a few days ago.

He said: “I am just a West Ham supporter and expat living in Hong Kong and was horrified to read about what had happened near my old home town.

“I also feel sorry for the person who stole the collection, as I am sure they had no clue but at the end of the day I am just trying to make some good for this poor girl and hope my donation can help the cause.”

After hearing the good news, shop owner Chris Mila said: “That’s fantastic news and it really does show that there is some good in the world.

“We are still going to do a raffle to try and raise even more funds for Isla but it is a really nice gesture and I am sure Michael, Isla and Nicky will be delighted.”

Isla’s mum, Nicky Caton told the Recorder: “It’s such a lovely lovely thing to do.

“It has really restored my faith in humanity, it’s really choked me up.

“I can’t say thank you enough, he’s obviously done it for no other reason than out of kindness, but it is really just such a lovely, lovely thing to do and it means the world to all of us.

Michael Hook, Isla’s dad said: “It shows that for every bad thing that happens in the world there are people out there who want to do good as well.”

The tin was stolen from the shop at lunchtime on Saturday, March 3, and Chris said that a woman came into the shop and asked for a cup of water before going to sit in the corner next to where the charity tin was.

He said that it wasn’t until about an hour after the woman had left the shop that he realised it had gone, and he was certain that she must have stolen it.

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 15:55

The brutal murder of an 85-year-old great-grandmother bludgeoned to death in her Romford home by a debt-ridden gardener has left a “hole in her family that will never ever be filled”.

Yesterday, 16:54

A former Bomber Command rear gunner who lied about his age so he could join the RAF during the Second World War died in Romford last week.

Yesterday, 15:00

The mother of a three-year-old with a rare genetic condition described a Hornchurch charity that supports youngsters with disabilities and special needs as “their shoulder to cry on”.

Yesterday, 12:25

A Romford handyman has admitted bludgeoning an 85-year-old widow to death with a hammer.

Yesterday, 12:10

Police officers were called to break up a large group of schoolchildren outside Havering Sixth Form College after reports of a fight yesterday (Thursday, November 15).

Yesterday, 11:21

Watch the heart-warming moment a Romford hairdresser who cuts the homeless’ hair for free is given a surprise from the National Lottery for her hard work.

Yesterday, 07:47

December 1 is Small Business Saturday. As part of a series looking at what our independent shopping parades have to offer, reporter Hayley Anderson finds out why you should hit the high street and shop local this Christmas.

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Competitions

A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now