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Putting in the miles for Isla

Filed: Thursday, 8th March 2018
By: Staff Writer

A West Ham supporter is walking to every professional London football ground in one weekend - in order to raise money for Isla Caton.

Starting at the site of the Boleyn Ground, Pat OíConnor is set to visit every Premier League and Football League club - plus some from non-league - before competing his journey at the Olympic Stadium.

And he will be undergoing the arduous journey in order to raise funds for the Save Isla campaign, which is seeking to raise enough money to send the three-year-old to American for potential life-saving treatment.

"Over the weekend of Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May I am walking 75 miles non-stop in order to raise funds to help young Isla, who is the niece of a friend and fellow West Ham supporter" Pat told KUMB.

"Isla requires specialist treatment for her rare form of cancer. This treatment is not provided here in the UK by the NHS. We are therefore helping to raise the funds required to send her to America where the treatment is available.

"The walk takes me from the location of West Hamís old Boleyn Ground to their new home at the London Stadium via every other football ground in London arriving in time for West Hamís final game of the season v Everton.

"If you want to meet me at any of the football grounds en route then your support would be warmly received."

Pat O'Connor will be walking 75 miles in less than 36 hours, non stop

Pat's route and approximate arrival times are as follows:

Saturday 12th May

07:00: The Boleyn
09:00: Charlton Athletic
10:45: Millwall
12:00: Dulwich Hamlet
14:00: Crystal Palace
16:00: Tooting & Mitcham
18:15: AFC Wimbledon
20:00: Brentford
22:00: Fulham
23:00: Chelsea

Sunday 13th May

00:30: QPR
02:30: Wembley Stadium
04:30: Barnet
06:30: Wingate & Finchley
08:30: Tottenham Hotspur
10:30: Arsenal
12:30: Leyton Orient
13:30: West Ham Utd

Please note that all times listed are targets and that Pat may arrive at each ground earlier or later than stated. You may keep up with his progress over the weekend via live updates from Facebook group "LONDON FOOTBALL WALK FOR ISLA" .

You may also donate to Pat's justgiving fund here.

* Isla is said to be recovering well following surgery yesterday to remove a tumour from her brain. According to her parents, she returned home little more than 24 hours after undergoing the operation.

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