Albion and Reds youngsters fighting leukaemia together
TWO young football-daft friends are getting ready for a day to remember as Albion’s special guests at The Hawthorns for the final game of the season on Sunday.
Evesham-based Baggies fan Archie Palmer (10) and his 11-year-old Liverpool-supporting school pal Myles Hensley are forever teasing each other about their favourite teams.
But their friendship shone through last year when Myles was diagnosed with leukaemia and Archie immediately sprang into action.
He began a social media campaign aimed at raising funds and awareness about his best mate’s condition and the results captured the hearts and minds of Albion and Liverpool fans.
Archie had set off with the ambition of raising enough money to treat Myles to next season’s Liverpool shirt. In the end, he raised more than £2,500, the bulk of which was donated to CLIC Sargent, a cancer charity support group.
On top of that, Jordan Henderson sent a video message and pair of signed boots while former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann visited Myles in hospital.
Albion promised to do their bit and the pair will be our special guests on Sunday and given the honour of delivering the match ball to the Premier League plinth ahead of kick-off.
“They are so excited,” says Archie’s mum Louise.
“They normally spend all their time arguing about football, Albion and Liverpool but they will probably be too star-struck to say much on Sunday.
“Myles is doing very well and fighting hard. Nothing will keep him away from The Hawthorns, I’m sure.”