RYAN Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have donated to a fundraiser in memory of a little boy who lost his brave fight with a brain tumour. 

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. 

Aaron loved Wrexham AFC - and was once mascot for a match at STōK Cae Ras. 

Following his death, his family have been raising vital funds for the Brain Tumour Research charity. This included a charity fire walk at STōK Cae Ras - which Wrexham AFC star co-owner Ryan Reynolds sent a message of love and support to. 

In the surprise video message, addressing the hundreds of people who turned out for the fundraiser at the Racecourse Ground, Ryan said: “There’s absolutely no reason why somebody like Aaron should not be with us here today, so the work you’re doing is incredibly important and hugely impactful to so many people. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.”


This weekend, Nicola and others are returning to STōK Cae Ras for the Colchester United match with collection buckets to raise more money. 

And ahead of it, Ryan and co-owner Rob McElhenney have donated £2,000 towards Nicola's JustGiving page at https://bit.ly/4aiusxH.

It is accompanied with the message: "In memory of Aaron" and a heart emoji. 

Nicola said: "I don't think I will ever be able to find the words to express how overwhelmingly grateful we are to Ryan and Rob."

"This is all for you, our beautiful boy."