Celebrity football match raises £9,000 for three-year-old from Hornchurch with rare cancer
PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 May 2018
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Hundreds of people turned out to watch a charity football match to raise funds for a three-year-old girl from Hornchurch who has a rare form of cancer.
Celebrities and former West Ham footballers took on a team of the family and friends of Isla Caton at Redbridge FC on Sunday (May 6) and raised thousands of pounds towards sending her to America for treatment.
Isla was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in March last year, and after more than a year of chemotherapy and radiotherapy her parents found out a few months ago that her cancer had relapsed and that she would have to start the treatment all over again.
The match was a bit of a thriller after former Hammer Carlton Cole bagged a few goals for the celeb team to give them a comfortable lead, but Isla’s friends and family put up a strong fight and a last minute penalty from Isla’s dad Michael Hook levelled the match at 5-5.
Ex West Ham players, Marlon Harewood, Jimmy Walker, Rufus Brevett and Paul Konchesky all took part along with professional boxer Mark little, The Apprentice star Sofiane Khelfa and comedian Neg Dupree.
Other celebrities included Scott Robinson from boyband Five, Danny Jones from The Voice kids, and Jamie Borthwick who plays Jay Brown in Eastenders.
Speaking to the Recorder Isla’s mum, Nicola said: “It was a brilliant day, and Isla absolutely loved it which was the most important thing.
“I feel like I played 90 minutes after running around after her all day she was having so much fun.
“We’ve done a lot of fundraising events but I think this one has got to be the best yet.
“It was nice that Isla was well enough to come along and it was lovely to see her having such a good time.
She said that they raised £9,000 from the game, which takes their total to nearly £325,000 and said “every penny counts and it means we are a step closer to being able to give Isla the important treatment she needs”
To donate to Isla’s fund go to https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/thebradleyloweryfoundation/islacaton