WHEN Oxton resident Nigel Draper was told in October 2019 that his gallbladder cancer was inoperable, his first reaction was to feel sorry for himself.

At 65, he was still young and looking forward to spending his retirement visiting his grandchildren in London and going on holidays with wife Sue and their family.

However, it didn’t take him long to get over the regrets and start to count his blessings.

He had been happily married for 42 years and had been lucky that he could see his three children grow up and his grandchildren gave him a lot of pleasure.

He had enjoyed the time he spent with his family and he was pleased that he was able to tell them what they meant to him.

It was then that he started to think about what effect a life-limiting diagnosis would have on a child.

He decided that he wanted to raise money for Claire House so that they can provide help and wonderful experiences for the families they support.

"It’s not all about me!" he said.

Nigel had started to plan a small musical event to take place in the summer, but sadly his condition deteriorated and he died in Arrowe Park Hospital on December 21, 2019.

His family hope to carry on with his plan.

And by asking for donations to Claire House in his memory the family are pleased that he has already raised over £800.

Any further contributions would be appreciated.

Please contact the Globe on 0151 649 4050 and ask for chief reporter Craig Manning, who will be able to pass on details on how to donate.