THE FAMILY of a brave little boy who lost his battle with a brain tumour have been "touched beyond words" by a charity's gesture in his memory. 

Aaron Wharton, from Buckley tragically died earlier this year, aged just seven. 

He was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive anaplastic ependymoma in April 2020. Two months later he had an operation to relieve the pressure, caused by the tumour which had spread to the top part of his brain. Tragically the cancer was too aggressive and a scan in January 2023 confirmed a re-growth of his tumour and all treatment ceased. 

In the three years he was living with the disease, Aaron and his family saw milestones that many parents assume are promised. In 2020 Aaron, who was known for his infectious smile, started primary school which he attended right up until a few weeks before he died.

One of their fondest memories is Aaron meeting Santa when the Mold and Buckley Round Table float visited his home. 

The Leader: Aaron meeting Santa Aaron meeting Santa (Image: Mold and Buckley Round Table)

On Monday (December 11), Mold and Buckley Round Table revealed that it has installed a plaque in memory of Aaron on its Santa sleigh.


The charity posted on Facebook saying: "Last year when we inherited our Santa Sleigh, our first trip out was to go and visit our friend Aaron for his birthday, and take him some cards from his schoolmates as he wasn't able to be in school for his birthday.

"As you may know, Aaron sadly lost his battle over Easter this year. Since then we've been honoured to be involved with Aaron's Army, sharing a stall with them at Buckley Funday, our secretary Col ran the Barmouth 10K for them in June, feeding people at their Walk of Hope, and of course having the Army aboard the sleigh with us last week.

"In honour of a special guy, who touched all our hearts, we have added a plaque in his memory to our sleigh."

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Aaron's mum, Nicola, said: "Aaron would get so excited to see the float, and of course, Santa. He would sit by the door listening out for the music, and dancing to it when it got closer. He loved sitting with Santa, telling him what he would like for Christmas.

"Everyone at Mold and Buckley Round Table were so wonderful, making sure that we all had special memories of Aaron's time with Santa.

"It's touched our family beyond words that they have honoured Aaron's short life by placing a plaque on their float. They truly are incredible people."