A FUNDRAISER set up in memory of a well-known Chirk man has now surpassed £1,000.

Phil Kynaston, a well-known figure in the community, died on February 11 after being treated at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

His friends and family wanted to raise money for the intensive care unit at the hospital, and set up an online fundraiser aiming to raise £500.

But after just two days, the amount raised has already gone past double its target, with £1,080 donated so far.

Phil's brother, Neil, has been overwhelmed by the response, and spoke about the dedication and helpful nature of the hospital staff.

“The staff were brilliant," he said.

“They couldn’t do enough for my mother, and Phil’s wife Louise.

“They’re obviously very busy at the moment, but they always found time to give his wife an update whenever they could.

“They told her she could ring in at any time if she had any questions – considering how busy they were, they always found time to help.”

Phil was a well-known member of the community in Chirk who worked at the local Kronospan site for more than 25 years.

He was also a familiar face at Chirk AAA Football Club, having worked as a groundsman at the Holyhead Road pitch for several years.

Phil and his family were also a part of Chirk Dragons Swimming Club, with Phil being a member of the Poolside Rescue Team.