Charity football match to raise funds for three-year-old Hornchurch girl with rare cancer

PUBLISHED: 16:07 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:59 16 March 2018

Isla with parents Nicola and Michael. Picture: KEN MEARS

Isla with parents Nicola and Michael. Picture: KEN MEARS


Celebrities and former West Ham players are set to take part in a charity football match to raise funds for a three year-old from Hornchurch who has a rare form of cancer.

Isla Caton and Mark Noble at Upton Park where Isla was a mascot in a bid to raise money to send her to America for cancer treatmentIsla Caton and Mark Noble at Upton Park where Isla was a mascot in a bid to raise money to send her to America for cancer treatment

Isla Caton was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in March last year, and several TV stars and former West Ham footballers have confirmed that they will be playing in a charity match to raise funds for her treatment which will be held at Redbridge FC.

Isla’s mum Nicola Caton and dad, Michael Hook have been trying to raise £192,000 to pay for their little girl to travel to America to receive a vaccine for her cancer, and they are hoping the football match can help them reach their target.

Recently the family were given the devastating news that even after two years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy scans had shown a spot of the aggressive cancer was still on Isla’s skull.

However more in depth scans revealed that the relapse was only in her skull, which her mum said “in a strange way this is the best news we have had in a long time.”

Her mum explained that following Isla’s brain surgery last week she is now what they call ‘no evidence of disease’ and she said she was “over the moon.”

She said: “We now start chemo as an out patient next week and Isla will lose her hair again but it will grow back and we still have a very long way to go.

“It will be another 15 months of gruelling treatments and visits to the USA and then we can start the vaccine straight after, but this is the right road to full recovery.

Ex Hammers players, Matthew Etherington, Paul Konchesky, Kenny Brown and Jack Collison have all confirmed they will be playing in the game, along with professional boxer Mark little, The Apprentice star Sofiane Khelfa and comedian Neg Dupree who is best known for his act “Neg’s Urban Sports” on tv show Balls of Steel.

Nicola told the Recorder that she would be meeting with Redbridge FC on Sunday (March 18) to confirm more details for the game.

She said: “We’ve done a lot of things for adults so far, and now we would like to do something for the kids.

“We’ve had some amazing support, from Redbridge FC from West Ham FC and from lots and lots of others.

“It’s brilliant that we’ve got some great celebrities and former West Ham players already confirmed but we are hoping we can get even more.

“We want to sell the ground out and sell around 3,000 tickets.

“We had some good news recently, and we’ve got to stay strong for Isla and that is exactly what we will do.

“I think if Isla could have anyone playing it would be either Spiderman or PJ Masks.

“We’ve got to try and get a dinosaur as a mascot for the game, she loves dinosaurs so that would be amazing.”

Isla’s mum said the game had been confirmed to take place on on Sunday, May 6 at the Motormen’s ground, but that more information about how to get tickets for the game and when they will be released will be confirmed on Monday (March 19).

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