Former O's defender excited ahead of Charity game
Former O’s full-back Aiden Palmer cannot wait to be back at The Matchroom Stadium and Sunday will be a personal one for the 28-year-old.
He will not only be pulling on an Orient shirt for one more time, but he will be taking to the field for the match that is in aid of his stepfather Errol McKellar.
“I’m very excited to be coming back to Leyton Orient because it is like a home to me,” said Palmer who graduated through the O’s youth system.
“It will be wonderful but I am more excited for Errol as he deserves everything that comes of this wonderful day and he is a top man.”
“He came into my life when I was 9, married my mum when I was about 12 or 13 and thankfully they are still together. He is such a nice guy; in fact he is one of the nicest guys that I have ever met. He is a great role model to be honest and if my kids can grow up and be like someone, I would love them to be like Errol.”
It was back in 2010 that Errol was diagnosed with prostate cancer and Palmer recalls the tough period.
“A few years ago I had not heard anything about prostate cancer and I remember Errol saying he had something to tell me. I went to meet him and he explained that he had cancer. As soon as you hear that word you immediately presume the worst and I was worried,” he revealed.
“He got through the radiotherapy but the worst thing was when I went to the hospital to go and see him after an operation and I broke down when I saw him. Although the operation had been a success it was horrible to see him lying on the bed like that and even when he got back home, it was horrible seeing him in pain and my brothers and myself had to help him to get up and move about.”
Despite enduring such a tough period, Errol was soon back to his bubbly self as he overcame the cancer and was given the all clear four years later. Following his battle, Errol has gone on to do a phenomenal amount of work as an ambassador of Prostate Cancer UK and Palmer is proud of the work he has done.
“He has done so much to raise the awareness of the disease; I think he does more for Prostate Cancer than he does at his own garage to be honest! It is for a fantastic cause and he wants to ensure that a lot more people become aware of it. Someone needs to get out there and spread the word about it, which is exactly what Errol is doing. He spends so much time arranging things, he has meetings all the time and is always on the phone regarding Prostate Cancer which is good, and it needed to be done.”
Looking ahead to the match Palmer, who plays for Ebbsfleet and has recently signed a one-year contract extension, is thrilled at the thought of being back with his former teammates this weekend.
“It will be great to be back with the team, I miss them all. We managed to achieve promotion, and what a season that was by the way. That was a top class squad, the banter was there and it was so good to be around each and every one of those players. It will be so good to be back and I honestly cant wait.
“Hopefully we can raise a lot of money on the day as it is for a fantastic charity. It will be a great day and fingers crossed we can raise as much money as possible while also raising awareness.”
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