WATCH: Custom House actor Danny Dyer auction behind-the-scenes EastEnders tour for cancer tot
PUBLISHED: 15:36 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:06 28 November 2017
EastEnders actor Danny Dyer showed off his famous cheeky chappie persona after playing auctioneer at a charity fundraiser.
Danny, a former Canning Town resident who was born in Custom House, bantered with an audience of 500 people at Live At The Roundhouse events hall in Dagenham on Saturday as he took control of the stage mic.
He was encouraging attendees to win a backstage tour with him at the BBC1 soap as part of a fundraising night for tot Isla Caton who is battling neuroblastoma.
Danny, who plays Mick Carter in Eastenders, was joined on stage by colleagues Dean Gaffney (Robbie Jackson), Harry Reid (Ben Michell) and Jamie Borthwick (Jay Brown) - proving a big hit.
In the comical video, Danny says of the money can’t buy prize: “We don’t do ‘em, you can’t buy ‘em. We don’t do that Coronation Street b******s”.
Later on he jokes: “On my life, meet ‘em, all. I’ll roll Dot out, the lot,” to huge laughter from the room.
Danny kindly agreed to offer two tours after different bidders made individual donations of £1,500.
Speaking to the Recorder, he said: “With Isla, it is a terrible, terrible thing and you can help out and use fame for a positive thing.”
The three-year-old has been the rare form of children’s cancer since March.
Although it is treatable, the survival rate is low in cases where it returns.
Isla’s Stratford-born parents, Nicola Caton and Michael Hook, are trying to raise £192,000 for specialist treatment called immunotherapy in the US, which could potentially prevent the neuroblastoma returning once in remission.
Stratford resident Sharon Borthwick – also Jamie’s mum – organised the night as she is a friend of Nicola’s.
She said: “We’ve raised £22,396 so far. It went absolutely spot on. I have had people say to me over the weekend, ‘You could feel the love in the room’.”
Nicola added: “It has been absolutely amazing. We do not have enough words of how grateful we are to people who have come along and donated.”
Fundraisers will now hold a Grand Ball on February 17 at Orsett Hall, Essex.
To find out more, visit Isla Caton’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma on Facebook.