A WREXHAM and Wales football legend’s dream of raising thousands of pounds for the Maelor hospital has been given a huge boost thanks to a local business.

A charity dinner organised by Wrexham Lager raised an incredible £5,000 that has all been donated to the Upper GI unit at Wrexham Maelor - which saved Mickey Thomas’s life.

The former Manchester United, Wrexham and Wales player was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2019.

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Mickey's symptoms included having difficulty swallowing and weight loss and his tumour was so big that his ribs had to be broken to remove it.

But, luckily, his surgeon-Andrew Baker managed to remove all of it.

Now, to thank Mr Baker and his team, Mickey will be walking up Snowdon on June 18, reuniting with his medical team who will be walking alongside him.

Michelle Curtis said: “We want to say a big thank you for this £5,000 donation made more special because of the involvement of one of our patients.

“We will be using the money towards our goal of securing an integrated laparoscopic theatre in Wrexham which will allow continuous improvements in the surgical management of Upper GI cancer patients.

“Thank you for continuing to support specialist Upper GI cancer surgical services in the North Wales centre in Wrexham and in Wales as a whole.”

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PIC: Wrexham AFC legend Mickey Thomas.

Mickey is of course best known for his free-kick goal which famously knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup back at the Racecourse in January 1992.

Joining him on his Snowdon trip in June will be supporters, friends and family, and there may even be a few famous faces.

The sponsored walk is Mickey's way of giving back to the NHS, which, he says, 'has saved my life', and to raise as much money as possible in aid of the Upper G.I. Surgical Unit at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

He is hoping as many people as possible will join him on the route which is the easiest way up Snowdon. The Llanberis PYG track covers 7.8 miles in total.