A CHARITY night will be held in memory of a popular Wirral dad who died last month.
Graham Oates of Birkenhead passed away on January 8, aged 61, after suffering from respiratory failure.
Mr Oates suffered from asthma, and when it got worse he didn't seek medical attention until it was too late.
The grandad-of-13 leaves behind son Simon and three daughters April, Nicky and Melissa.
In his memory, daughter Melissa Churchill is organising a charity night at his favourite pub, Mackenzie's in Birkenhead.
The charity night will take place on Saturday, February 22 upstairs in the pub from 4pm until late.
Proceeds raised will go to British Lung Foundation.
Melissa, from Birkenhead said: “My dad passed away just a few weeks ago, and I wanted to hold a charity night in his memory.
“He was stubborn and didn’t go to the doctors when his asthma got worse, then suddenly he died from lung failure.
“He was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital but it was too late.
“He was a regular at Mackenzie's so it seems fitting to hold it there. All the regulars miss him, he was popular man.
“He was full of life, the life and soul of the pub and a joker.
“I just wish he had checked himself out sooner. I don’t know if it would have made a difference but we will never know now. I miss him terribly.
“I wanted something so tragic turn in to a positive.”
Two live bands will be entertaining the crowds along with karaoke, bingo, free hot and cold buffet. There will also be a raffle and an auction with great prizes on offer.
Melissa, who is mum to five children and a step daughter, added: “My brother Simon and two sisters April and Nicky are helping me organise it.
“We have lots of great prizes up for grabs including Tranmere Rovers tickets and dinner for two.
“All prizes have been kindly donated, but if anyone can help with more prizes please get in touch.
“I just want to raise as much money as possible for the British Lung Foundation. The charity help not only adults but children too with a wide spectrum of lung-related illnesses.
“Let's raise lots of money and have a wonderful, enjoyable evening.”
Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased by calling 07784181953.