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


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.

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