Garage owner Errol McKellar is a firm believer in regular MOTs – and not just for cars!
The 59-year-old London based mechanic is offering a 20% discount to all customers who agree to see a doctor about their prostate.
Errol explains, ‘I found out I had prostate cancer in 2010 and the end of last year, 2016, I was given the all clear.’
‘In the first week that I came back into work, a customer walked into my garage, I looked at him and said, ‘when was the last time you got your prostate checked?’ and he looked at me and he said, ‘what has that got to do with my gearbox not working?!’’
‘Without thinking about it I said to him, ‘look, I’ll tell you what I’ll do, if I give you a 20% discount on the repairs I’m going do on your car, I’ll give you that, provided you go and get your prostate checked.’’
‘Two weeks later, when he came back in to pick up his car he said, ‘I’ve done that check you asked me to do.’ He had 25.4% cancer in his prostate.’
‘I am a little bit unorthodox in how I approach people but when I’m telling somebody about this issue it’s coming from my heart and it’s as real as it gets.’
Since then, inspiring Errol has launched the ‘MOT Yourself’ campaign from his Hackney garage and has now spread the word to thousands of people that it’s better to be looked over than overlooked.
He says, ‘48 guys that have walked into this garage have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Unfortunately, we have lost 2 of them to this illness.’
‘It’s very easy for men to find out whether they’ve got a prostate issue or not. It’s a simple blood test.’
Like most cancers, early detection can be the difference between life and death for men with prostate cancer, and Errol won’t stop fighting until everyone gets checked.
He says, ‘it’s cancer – it doesn’t care about your colour, it doesn’t care about your wealth, it doesn’t care about what you are or who you are.’
‘Prostate cancer only knocked me down – it didn’t knock me out. So I’m doing the 12 rounds with it but what I will do is I will cheat it, and I will bring everybody in the ring with me.’
‘We’re saying to prostate cancer, ‘listen, we’re not just going to lie down and let you take us – we are going to fight back.’’
For more information on Errol’s campaign watch the video above and visit MOT Yourself.