A WIRRAL man was remembered 13 years after he passed away with a charity donation in his memory.
Terence Patrick McCarthy died in January 2000, and his family continue to raise money for Arrowe Park hospital as a legacy to him.
Forty-five-year-old Terence from Prenton was born with one kidney, and was constantly in hospital from the age of five months.
At 21, he lost his only kidney and was on a dialysis machine for the next 24 years. He also had three kidney transplants during that time.
Despite this, he managed to work as a joiner and serve his time in Cammell Laird.
Last month the family donated £1,000 to the nursing staff on the renal ward at Arrowe Park Hospital.
Mum Jean said: “Terence was constantly in hospital. He went to most of them in Liverpool and Wirral.
“He was a hard working lad, and when he became a joiner and made many items – his tool box, a fruit bowl and jewellery box which he made for me and I still have.
“Terence had three kidney transplants, and in between them was on a dialysis machine.
“Since he passed away we have used a pot called Terence’s Teapot, where we put any loose change.
“Then on his anniversary and birthday we bank the money until we have a large amount which we then donate in his memory.”
Previous donations from the family include £1,500 given to Arrowe Park hospital which paid for a bed in the renal unit.
When Terence was alive, the family ran a number of pubs in Wirral, including the Old English Gentleman pub in Birkenhead, Ma Wright’s in Rock Ferry and The Golden Fleece in Tranmerebetween 1969 to 1985 and where charity fundraisers were held.
Jean added: “Terence is so desperately missed. He is mentioned every day in our conversations.
“He was always willing to take part in any charity work that we did in the pubs we ran.
“Our sincere thanks goes to Professor Sells who looked after Terence, as well as the doctors and nursing staff from Clatterbridge, Arrowe Park, Liverpool Royal, Sefton and Alder Hey hospitals. Thank you all so much for taking care of him.’’