Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney donate thousands to fund in memory of player’s son
A fundraising appeal launched following the tragic still birth of baby Arthur Andrew Davies has received a sizeable donation from Wrexham AFC co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny and their wives Blake Lively and Kaitlin Olson
Arthur was born on the 14 December to parents Kesley Edwards and Wrexham footballer Jordan Davies who set up the fundraiser after receiving support from stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands following the death of their son.
The generous donation of £10,000 will provide a major boost to the funds of the charity.
Our owners. ❤❤❤❤❤
— Fearless In Devotion – Wxm AFC podcast & fanzine (@fearlessidzine) January 2, 2022
Sands funds the Butterfly suite at the Wrexham Maelor which is made available exclusively for grieving families.
The suite is away from the labour ward and provides accommodation with a kitchen, lounge, bedroom and bathroom, offering an environment in which grieving families can receive round the clock care and support from midwives.
Kelsey Edwards, Arthur’s mother, tweeted about the appeal on Saturday saying: “No one should ever have to go through the pain of losing their baby, but we are very lucky to have these services if the indescribable does happen. We would appreciate any donation, knowing that Arthur is helping another grieving family”
No one should ever have to go through the pain of losing their baby, but we are very lucky to have these services if the indescribable does happen.
We would appreciate any donation, knowing that Arthur is helping another grieving family 🌈https://t.co/JQAQxEu264
— Kelsey (@KelseyEdwards_) January 1, 2022
The appeal has quickly gained support with contributions from kindhearted people touched by the story, pouring in.
When Jordan Davies revealed that he and his partner had lost their baby boy, he tweeted: “We never got to spend our lives with you, but you have placed a huge mark on our hearts, forever. Heaven has gained a perfect little angel!”
Our perfect little Arthur Andrew Davies💙 born sleeping, 14/12/21, weighing 2.9lb. 👼
We never got to spend our lives with you, but you have placed a huge mark on our hearts, forever. Heaven has gained a perfect little angel!
We love you, little boy!
— Jordan (@jordandavies98) December 14, 2021
Rob McElhenney who co-owns Wrexham AFC with Ryan Reynolds, sent a message of support to club player, Jordan Davies, saying he and his wife Kaitlin Olson were “so sorry” for their loss, and urged the player to get in touch with him if they ever needed anything
Sands has three core aims which are to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to promote research to reduce the number of babies dying.
According to their website Sands was founded by bereaved parents in 1978 who found that there was no access to support following the deaths of their babies.
The organisation is made up of staff and volunteers offering Sands Helpline which works together with local volunteer Groups and befrienders to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby has access to compassionate, experienced support.
There is an Improving Bereavement Care team, which, with support from Sands Groups, trains Health Care Professionals to offer appropriate care to parents when their baby dies.
To donate to Arthur’s fundraiser for Sands UK click HERE