A WREXHAM mum was left "lost for words" after Ryan Reynolds' amazing act of kindness towards her grieving family. 

Kayleigh Barton had launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for her son's Futsal team, FC United of Wrexham U12s, to get their own bespoke kit. 

Kayleigh and her 11-year-old son, Keegen, have endured a very difficult 12 months - after the loss her ex-partner and Keegen's father, Adam Bradshaw. 

Tragically, the FC Queens Park footballer and "local legend", died suddenly in September

The Leader: Adam BradshawAdam Bradshaw (Image: Family photo)

Keegen is keeping his father's legendary status among amateur football clubs in the Wrexham area alive - and has been with FC United of Wrexham since its formation in 2020. 

After mum, Kayleigh, launched the fundraiser for the team to get its own kit - she was shocked to see that Wrexham AFC's star co-owner, Ryan Reynolds, donated £1,600 towards it. 

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She said: "I'm lost for words, and over the moon. Thank you, Ryan, for putting a smile on the team's face, if thank you is even enough.

"After I told Keegen, he screamed and went wild - saying 'oh my gosh, has he really?'

"Keegen is Wrexham's number one fan. His Dad would be made up for him and bursting with pride."

The Leader: The new kit design. The new kit design. (Image: User generated content)

It came about after FC United of Wrexham's founder and chairman, Andrew Ruscoe, messaged Ryan on Twitter asking if he could retweet the fundraiser to his followers. 

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"I never expected him to donate to it," a shocked Andrew said. 

"We wanted a kit that had a unique element to it, and BLK RAT Giraffe Sportswear designed an amazing kit for us - featuring the St Giles Parish Church. 

"Kayleigh said she'd start a GoFundMe page to raise the funds we needed to buy it. After a few hours of it being live, she rang me frantically saying Ryan Reynolds had donated £1,600

"She couldn't believe it was real - and I had to tell her that it was."

The Leader: Andrew said that after he messaged Ryan, he got a reply saying "Enjoy the new uniforms!" - it was at that point that he realised what the Hollywood star had done. 

"What Ryan did almost moved me to tears," Andrew said. 

"What he and Rob (McElhenney) have done not just for the football club but the community of Wrexham has been amazing - they care so much. It's so lovely what he's done and it really touched me."

The initial goal for the GoFundMe page was £480 - meaning Ryan has donated vital funds for the club to secure its future. 

"We're always grateful to go on for another year," Andrew said.

"It's been so tough recently with cost of living crisis, and what Ryan has done is a major lifeline for us."


Andrew added: "He initially donated £600, and then we saw he'd put in another £1,000. I just can't thank him enough."

FC United of Wrexham has grown quickly since its formation. Initially having just the one junior futsal team, it now has a men's team in the fifth tier of Welsh football, and under 7s, 15s girls and women's futsal teams. 

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