EastEnders stars to host Dagenham fundraiser to help cancer tot
PUBLISHED: 14:19 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:27 12 September 2017
Stars from EastEnders have pledged their support for a two-year-old girl with a rare childhood cancer.
Actors Jamie Borthwick, who plays Jay Brown in the BBC soap, and Harry Reid, who plays Ben Mitchell, will co-host a fun night with TV star Jeff Brazier on November 25 at the Roundhouse in Dagenham in aid of Isla Caton.
The tot is being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma in March.
She is currently recovering at home in Romford after receiving high dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.
Isla’s debilitating cancer had spread to 95 per cent of her body but is now gone apart from the original tumour.
Delighted mum Nicola Caton said: “Isla is doing brilliantly, now her hair will start to grow back.”
She added: “She has obviously got a long way to go. We do not want to get too excited.
“She will need a big operation coming up but we are really happy with how things are going.”
Isla’s supporters have organised the Roundhouse fundraiser as part of a huge fundraising effort to help her get life-saving immunotherapy in the United States.
Nicola and husband, Michael Hook, hope their daughter can start the drugs programme in the United States to prevent the cancer returning after a procedure to remove her final tumour next month.
The therapy, which helps to repair the immune system, is not available on the NHS so Isla’s parents need to raise £192,000 to cover all the costs including flights and accommodation.
Generous donors have so far helped to raise more than £32,000 from Justgiving donations and fundraising events.
Meanwhile, Isla received hundreds of get well cards from well-wishers around the world after the family posted an appeal on Facebook.
Nicola said: “It has actually restored my faith in humanity. You only ever hear the bad about people but I had no idea people were so kind.”
Many more fundraisers are being planned for this year including a balloon release.
There are 30 spaces still free for the fun night and tickets costs £15.
Visit teamisla.co.uk to find out more or make a direct donation at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/IslaCaton