A MERRY Hill pub is this weekend hosting a charity fun day in memory of popular borough footballer Ryan Passey who died after being fatally stabbed at Chicago's in Stourbridge.

Family friend Karen Carrington has organised the event which will take place at the Abraham Darby (Wetherspoons bar) by Next this Saturday (September 2) in tribute to Ryan, aged 24, from Stockwell Avenue, Quarry Bank.

There will a bouncy castle, raffle and facepainting for children at the event which kicks off at around 10am.

Karen, a friend of Ryan's dad Adrian Passey, said she wanted to do something to help the family who have been left heartbroken following the tragedy.

She said she has been "amazed" at the generosity of businesses which have donated prizes for the raffle and she added: "We're hoping it's going to be a really good day."

Ryan died in the early hours of Sunday August 6 after being stabbed in the chest in the Stourbridge High Street boozer.

Kobe Murray, aged 19, of The Broadway, Dudley, has been charged with his murder and is due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court next Tuesday (September 5).