FORMER Wales star Mickey Thomas is to climb yr Wyddfa with medics who helped save his life.

The former Manchester United, Wrexham and Wales player was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2019 and credits the Upper GI Unit at Wrexham Maelor hospital with saving his life.

Mickey's symptoms included having difficulty swallowing and weight loss and his tumour was so big that his ribs had to be broken for surgery.

But, luckily, his surgeon-Andrew Baker managed to remove all of the tumour.

Now, to thank Mr Baker and his team, Mickey will be walking up yr Wyddfa on June 18, reuniting with his medical team who will be walking alongside him.

The walk is to support a fundraising drive in support of the hospital that was launched by Mickey.

The campaign has been boosted by a £5,000 donation from Wrexham Lager which organised a charity dinner to support the appeal.

Michelle Curtis, from the hospital, said: “We want to say a big thank you for this £5,000 donation made more special because of the involvement of one of our patients.

“We will be using the money towards our goal of securing an integrated laparoscopic theatre in Wrexham which will allow continuous improvements in the surgical management of Upper GI cancer patients.

“Thank you for continuing to support specialist Upper GI cancer surgical services in the North Wales centre in Wrexham and in Wales as a whole.”

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PIC: Wrexham AFC legend Mickey Thomas.

Mickey's free-kick which famously knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup at the Racecourse in January 1992 is among the most memorable moments of his career.

Joining him on his way up yr Wyddfa will be supporters, friends and family, and possibly some famous faces.


The sponsored walk is Mickey's way of giving back to the NHS, which, he says, 'has saved my life', and to raise as much money as possible in aid of the Upper G.I. Surgical Unit at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

He is hoping as many people as possible will join him on the route which is described as "the easiest way" up yr Wyddfa. The Llanberis PYG track covers 7.8 miles in total.

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