Brave young West Ham United fan Isla Caton is laid to rest
brave little hammer Cato Island was laid to rest at a moving memorial service held at South Essex Crematorium on Friday morning.
Isla died on Tuesday morning aged just seven, five years after being diagnosed with the rare cancerous neuroblastoma in childhood.
Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of Isla’s hometown of Hornchurch as Isla made her final journey in a beautiful white carriage drawn by two white horses and covered in floral tributes.
The amount of love Isla has brought to so many people will last a lifetime.
The family, led by Isla’s parents, Nikki and Michael, said their final goodbyes to Isla inside the crematorium chapel, from where the service was screened online to allow those who supported Isla’s Fight to join in a celebration of his life.
Isla’s Fight captured the imagination not only of the West Ham family, but of the wider footballing world, raising funds to enable Isla to receive specialist medical treatment in England and Spain, and to support him in life. happy experiences when doctors sadly informed his family in December that the treatment was no longer working.
“We cram 80 years of love into his seven years of life,” she told the Romford Recorder. “Isla was a happy and contented little girl and the amount of love she brought to so many people will last a lifetime.
“To see that my little girl, who has spent more time in the hospital than anywhere else and who has never met any of these people, that she has changed their lives. While her childhood wasn’t what we would have liked, it was a different kind of amazing.
“What she has done will last forever and we will continue to make her proud in everything we do.
“I didn’t even know she was dead. It was so peaceful. She literally closed her eyes and fell asleep. No more pain, no more doctors and nurses being the only people she sees – now she can go pain free and have a childhood in paradise again.
Posting on Facebook, Nikki thanked everyone for their support throughout Isla’s fight and in the days following her passing.
“Please know you all have made this almost bearable for us, the amount of love sent is beaming and I’m sure Isla can feel it all the way to heaven!” she wrote. “I will be forever grateful to you all and I love you so so much.
“You gave me strength when I had nothing left and in all of this I hope you will help me to ensure that the name of Islas will be known and heard forever and that the amazing light stays bright and i hope to make her proud because god she made me the proudest person in the whole world.
“Good night baby girl. Mama loves you x.
Isla’s fight is over, but her memory and legacy will live on forever.
Rest in peace Isla.