It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney has donated £6,000 to a lifelong Wrexham AFC fan who needed a specialist disability bath in his home.
McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds have become the new owners of Wrexham football club after their takeover was approved by the club’s Supporters Trust this week.
And it has emerged that McElhenney surprised fan Aiden Stott by donating the money he needed to install an adapted bath in his Manchester flat.
The ‘Wrexham born-and-bred’ football enthusiast has cerebral palsy, with no use of his left side and limited use of his right side and had moved to be closer to his sister after his care allowance was cut.
Struggling to wash him in his current bathroom, the family set up a fundraiser and woke up the following day to find the entire amount needed had been donated by the It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia creator.
Mr Stott told the PA news agency he ‘couldn’t believe it’ when his sister told him the news.
The 37-year-old said: ‘I am absolutely buzzing, I feel absolutely ecstatic.
‘For something to happen like this, it’s just unreal. I am still in shock now.’
Mr Stott has been a season ticket holder at the club for a number of years and is a member of the Disabled Supporters Association, who shared his fundraising appeal online.
His sister Cheryl said: ‘We had our head in our hands when we got the quote for £6,000 thinking where are going to get that from? I just took a punt by setting up the fundraiser and it just grew.’
The news of McElhenney and Reynolds being in talks to take over Wrexham broke in September, and 98.6% of trust members voted to back their bid on Monday.
Both Cheryl and Aiden said they were pleased when they heard the news of the celebrity takeover.
Ms Stott, 38, said: ‘When it broke, the news of their names, I thought 2020 is just getting weirder and weirder. We couldn’t believe they even knew about our little town. The fact they’d done so much research, it just brought hope to everyone.
‘Our little sleepy town and our sleeping giant of a football club, it’s definitely going to be going places now. Definitely back in the league in the next couple of years, we hope!’
The Welsh club, which is the third oldest professional football club in the world, confirmed the takeover on social media, and joked about McElhenney’s TV show by sharing a card reading: ‘The Gang Buys a North Walian Football Club.’
Both McElhenney, 43, and Reynolds, 44, tweeted the club’s crest and wrote: ‘Wrexham is the name.’
The stars are planning to make a documentary about their takeover of the club.
McElhenney is best known for creating It’s Always Sunny and starring in the show as Mac, alongside his wife Kaitlin Olson, who plays Dee, Glenn Howerton (Dennis), Charlie Day (Charlie) and Danny DeVito (Frank).
Reynolds is best known for playing the potty-mouthed superhero Deadpool, and is married to Blake Lively.
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