Tuesday 21 Dec
Updated Sunday 26 Dec 11:15

Daniel Křetínský makes donation to Isla Caton fund

Isla Caton joined Mark Noble as a mascot in January 2018


West Ham United are pleased to confirm that shareholder Daniel Křetínský has made a substantial personal donation of £10,000 to the fund that has been created to ensure that brave little Isla Caton can enjoy some special moments.

The family of the seven-year-old Hammers fan revealed the devastating news earlier this week that the treatment she has been receiving to fight stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer for almost five years is no longer working, and the priority now is to ensure Isla has as much happiness as possible.

A JustGiving page has been set up for the public to raise funds, and Mr Křetínský, who recently completed the acquisition of 27% of shares in WH Holding Ltd, has now joined the West Ham family in contributing to help do everything possible to give Isla some wonderful experiences.

This follows almost four years support from the West Ham United family rallying together in support of Isla with board, management, players and supporters joining Isla’s family and friends in supporting her brave fight against the disease, including raising money towards the cost of specialist treatment that helped give precious more time to the little girl who has captured the hearts of football fans everywhere.

Like everybody connected with the Club, I have been touched by Isla’s story and she’s clearly a very special little girl

Daniel Křetínský

Mr Křetínský said: “Like everybody connected with the Club, I have been touched by Isla’s story and she’s clearly a very special little girl. I wanted to do my bit by adding to what the West Ham United family has already done over the years so she can enjoy some special moments with the people closest to her.”

Mum of Isla, Nikki Caton said: “We just want to say how very grateful we are for all the love and support we’ve received from day one.

“Even though it’s the worst time of our lives, the kindness we’ve received has made it possible to enjoy some moments together - we have had the most amazing few days due to all the love for Isla and West Ham United have been at the heart of all this. 

“Football fans in general get a bad press but we have nothing but good to say and not just our beloved West Ham - so many other teams have come together and fell in love with our superhero and for that we have no words.

“I also want to thank some of our former and current players for their amazing donations and love, while a very huge thank you also must go to West Ham, all the employees and, of course, Daniel Křetínský for the very generous donation. We are forever grateful to you all.”