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Reynolds and McElhenney donate £10,000 to Wrexham player’s fundraiser

The donation was made by the club owners under the name ‘Rob and Ryan Wrexham’ (Peter Byrne/PA)
The donation was made by the club owners under the name ‘Rob and Ryan Wrexham’ (Peter Byrne/PA)

Wrexham AFC owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have donated £10,000 to support the intensive care units which helped a Wrexham player’s premature baby.

GoFundMe confirmed to the PA news agency that the donation was made by the club owners on Friday under the name “Rob and Ryan Wrexham”.

The fundraiser was set up by midfielder James Jones and his partner Chloe Jones after she went into premature labour during a Wrexham match in November 2022.

Ms Jones faced complications during her pregnancy when she developed pre-eclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure, and hemolysis, elevated liver enzyme levels and low platelet levels (HELLP) causing her to experience two seizures and multiple organ failure.

Their son, Jude – who was born 15 weeks before his due date on November 19 2022 and weighed 1lb 4oz – was taken to Bolton neonatal intensive care, while Ms Jones was treated at Wrexham Maelor intensive care.

The couple started a GoFundMe to raise money for the two intensive care units which helped them through their pregnancy and for Spoons, a charity which offers neonatal support for families.

Jude’s parents wrote on their fundraising page that their son now lived with chronic lung disease and an adrenal insufficiency following the premature pregnancy, but said he was “beating all odds and is absolutely thriving”.

Rob McElhenney, left, and Ryan Reynolds
Thanks to McElhenney, left, and Reynolds’ donation, the couple have so far raised more than £12,800 of their £20,000 target (Peter Byrne/PA)

They added: “He is smashing every milestone and is the happiest little boy!

“Jude has chronic lung disease and an adrenal insufficiency as a result of his extreme prematurity and needing courses of steroids whilst in hospital.

“Despite his difficult start, he is dealing with everything incredibly well.”

Ms Jones said she was grateful her partner played for Wrexham the same day she went into labour and noted the football ground’s proximity to Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“Someone was looking out for us on November 19,” she wrote on the couple’s GoFundMe page.

“If we hadn’t have gone to watch James play at Wrexham, we wouldn’t have been across the road from the hospital and we wouldn’t be alive today.”

Screenshot of a donation made by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney
The donation was made under the name ‘Rob and Ryan Wrexham’ (PA)

The couple thanked friends, family, and staff at both hospitals for their support during the difficult pregnancy.

“We would like to thank all the friends and family that supported us through our difficult journey,” they wrote.

“We will forever be grateful for those who went above and beyond with countless visits, food brought to the hospital and all the many other things big and small which made our time in hospital that little bit easier and helped us get through the experience,” they said.

Thanks to Reynolds and McElhenney’s donation, so far the couple have raised more than £12,800 of their £20,000 fundraising target.

To find out more about the fundraiser, you can visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/qqbud-please-donate-to-help