Hundreds of people are set to say goodbye to a dad who "meant so much to so many".

Gary Chalinor, 61, known as "Jacko", died in October after a long battle with throat cancer. The dad of three had been due to start chemotherapy.

When Jacko wasn't teaching boxing at the Willaston Amateur Boxing Club (ABC), to help keep local boys off the street, he was looking out for others. Dom Boyle, Jacko's best friend for over 40 years, said: "Jacko was an absolute diamond who would help anyone... It's hard to put into words how much he has done.

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"Jacko had three daughters who he absolutely adored."

Since Jacko's death the community of his native Birkenhead have come together to say thank you. Dom has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for Jacko's family. He said: "I started the page to help with the cost of the funeral and give Jacko a good send off... and to look after his three daughters."

Gary "Jacko" Chalinor with his daughter Ellie
Gary "Jacko" Chalinor with his daughter Ellie

Since the GoFundMe was set up on October 30 Dom has raised almost £6,000. He said: "I can't believe how much we have raised and it's still going up. The donations are so well deserved he was loved by so many people. He definitely did his part for the community."

As well as the money raised through Dom's page; Jacko's beloved boxing club Willaston ABC held a skills show on November 9 with all proceeds going towards his family. The boxing club are also planning a very special memorial for Jacko.

Dom, 53, said: "Willaston ABC are going to make a commemorative plaque and picture of Jacko in the boxing club."

Jacko's funeral is set to be an important day for the community. Dom said: "Jacko meant so much to so many people... you'll see from his funeral it will be massive. I don't know anyone that's not going. Loads of mutual friends will be there and other people I don't know.

"Jacko brought loads of people together and he brought our community together."

The funeral will be taking place on December 1 at Landican Crematorium and will include a sentimental link to the sport he loved. Dom said: "There is going to be a flowers shaped like a boxing glove which will be attached to a boxing glove that Jacko bought for his daughter."

Jacko will also visit the boxing club one last time. Dom said: "The casket is going to pass the boxing club and from there cars are going to follow the hearse as it goes past his mum's home one more time on a sort of tour of Birkenhead and the Wirral.

He added: "It's going to finish at the Prenton Park pub, where we want to have a celebration with lots of karaoke which he loved."

If you would like to donate to Dom's GoFundMe click here.

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