Wrexham: football match organized in memory of Mark Weeks

A FOOTBALL match was held in memory of a ‘good all round lad’ from Wrexham who sadly died of a brain tumour.

Mark ‘Weeksy’ Weeks’ courageous battle with terminal cancer came to an end last September.

He is from Johnstown and played for Rhos Aelwyd Football Club – based near Poncilau.

On Sunday June 26, a memorial match was held in Corwen to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Rhos Aelwyd Vets played Corwen Vets for the Mark Weeks Memorial Trophy – Weeky’s former club winning a thrilling encounter 4-3.

Mark’s brother Craig, manager of Rhos Aelwyd FC, said: “It was a hugely emotional, but amazing day.

“Thank you so much to everyone who attended and showed their support, and to Corwen FC for being such brilliant opponents.”

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With the help of Mark’s cousin and friend, Ali Alcock, over £10,000 was raised for Macmillan in his memory. In total, she has raised over £50,000 for the charity over the past five years.

Ali, a cancer survivor herself, has done a host of jaw-dropping stunts to raise money – including loop skydiving while walking on the wings despite her fear of heights.

Point guard: Craig Weeks and Ali Alcock with the Mark Weeks Memorial Cup. Craig Weeks and Ali Alcock with the Mark Weeks Memorial Cup.

“Ali is an absolute superstar,” Craig said.

“What she has done in Mark’s memory is nothing short of amazing and I am in awe of her and can’t thank her enough.”

The Leader: Craig Weeks and his family at Sunday's Memorial Game. Craig Weeks and his family at the memorial game on Sunday.

Paying tribute to his brother, Craig said: “He was the best big brother and uncle you could ask for.

“A testament to his character was that people from as far away as Ireland, Scotland and even Spain attended his funeral – people I didn’t know. He was just a good guy that everything the world loved, and the life and soul of the party.”

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Even after his brain tumor diagnoses, Mark would be around Craig’s house chopping down trees and doing other chores.

“It was just the measure of the man,” Craig said.

“He never let himself down, he laughed and joked until the end.”

Mark, a former military man, joined Airbus after leaving the forces and spent the next 20 years there.

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“Airbus was absolutely fantastic with Mark during his brain tumor battle,” Craig said.

“I can’t thank them enough.”

To donate to the fundraiser, please visit https://bit.ly/3OQYahU

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