Reynolds and McElhenney donate £1,600 to Oldham owner

Wrexham owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney donate £1,600 to Oldham chairman Frank Rothwell as he will row 3,000 miles SOLO across the Atlantic Ocean at the age of 73 for charity

  • Oldham owner Rothwell is rowing across the Atlantic for the second time 
  • Wrexham’s owners have put in a donation and wished him good luck 
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Wrexham owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have donated $2,000 (£1,600) to Oldham chairman Frank Rothwell ahead of his latest Atlantic challenge.

The 73-year-old will row 3,000 miles solo across the world’s second largest ocean from the Canary Islands to Antigua next month – looking to break his own record as the oldest man to complete the feat. 

He previously did the ‘Worlds Toughest Row’ at the age of 70, and he is doing it again to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Reynolds and McElhenney have donated the money to Rothwell’s cause – which, at the time of writing – has now reached a total of £62,303 raised. 

The donation on Just Giving, included a message which read: ‘Go get ’em Frank.’

Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds have donated £1,600 to Oldham chairman Frank Rothwell ahead of the 73-year-old’s 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic

Rothwell will row 3,000 miles solo across the world’s second largest ocean from the Canary Islands to Antigua next month – after previously doing so back in 2020 (pictured)

Rothwell aims to beat his own record as the oldest man to ever accomplish the feat 

Reynolds wished Rothwell a ‘safe journey’ on Twitter, while a message alongside the donation read ‘go get ’em Frank’

While Deadpool star Reynolds also took to social media, in which he wished Rothwell a safe journey.

Though the Hollywood duo have not met Rothwell before, their sides played each other three times in the league and FA Cup last season.  

Ahead of their FA Cup first round meeting at The Racecourse Ground in January, Rothwell claimed to have never heard of the famous duo.

As per ITV he said: ‘I don’t know who the hell they are. I know they’re film stars and all the girls go ‘whoo’ but I’ve never seen anything they’ve been in. 

On the eve of the match, the Wrexham owners responded with a video charting Rothwell’s life.

In the video message on Twitter they said: ‘Born in England in 1950, he grew up to be a 72-year-old man with a hat and glasses. He founded Manchester Cabins in 1979, he’s also the oldest man to row across the Atlantic Ocean. He’s got a nice smile. Very nice. Gentle. And he likes to shake hands, looks firm.’

They then confuse Rothwell with an Irish Olympic weightlifter of the same name before concluding, saying: ‘Either way, we know you Frank and you’ll know us tomorrow.’

Rothwell had open heart surgery last year, and ahead of his row said he was ‘not frightened of anything except getting dementia.  

Rothwell (pictured after completing the Atlantic challenge the first time) said he did not know who the Wrexham owners were before their sides met in a FA Cup tie back in January

Explaining his decision to do the race he said: ”m not frightened of the challenge ahead, but I am frightened of Alzheimer’s. I’ve seen the heartbreak that it causes.

‘Sadly, I’ve lost two people that I love to dementia, my brother-in-law, Roger, during my 2020 race, and my best friend only a couple of months ago.

‘It’s devastating. I don’t want others to go through it, so I am determined to help Alzheimer’s Research UK change lives.

‘I’ve renamed by boat ‘For A Cure’ because that’s what I’m racing for.’

Click here for Frank Rothwell’s Just Giving page ahead of his Atlantic Challenge. 


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