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Editor joins daughter who fought cancer on charity walk

A weekly newspaper editor whose six-year-old daughter lost an eye to cancer took part in a fundraising walk with her.

Richard Firth, editor of the Epping Forest Guardian Series,accompanied his daughter Isla, left, on the Carrots Nightwalk on Friday to raise money for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

Isla suffered from the eye cancer retinoblastoma and had her eye removed when she was two-years-old in order to save her life but she is now healthy.

She has raised more than £700 so far for the six-mile night walk around London, which has been organised by charity Fight for Sight.

Richard has written about the walk on Isla’s JustGiving sponsorship page.

He wrote: “My daughter Isla was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in 2007. She lost her eye in order to save her life but she’s a fine, healthy, stomping little girl now.

“The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) do all sorts of fantastic work for people affected by the childhood eye cancer retinoblastoma, from offering advice to newly diagnosed families to funding research into the disease and raising awareness of the signs of the disease. It is also the charity which has captured the passion and dedication of Isla’s mum and my wife, Julie.

“Isla has learnt much about the charity and its work through Julie and she was keen to take on her own sponsored event to help out.

“A six-mile walk through the streets of London on the Carrots Nightwalk when she should be tucked up in bed seemed like a good way to get to stay up late so she’s signed up.

“Please dig deep and donate now – my little girl’s battled her own obstacles along the way and would be thrilled to have your support for her first ever sponsored event.”

To sponsor Isla, click here.