Kasper’s gloves and Jamie’s boots net £13k for Foun­da­tion


Leicester Mercury - - King Power Tragedy - By DAVID OWEN david.owen@reach­plc.com

AN ON­LINE auc­tion for Le­ices­ter City’s newly-named Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha Foun­da­tion has raised al­most £20,000 for good causes across the city and county, as the club con­tin­ues to pay trib­ute to its late chair­man.

The fund-raiser, which the club launched this week along with the an­nounce­ment of the for­mer LCFC Foxes Foun­da­tion’s new name in hon­our of the sadly mourned Khun Vichai, has gen­er­ated £19,708 in just a few days.

Three items were sold in the auc­tion, where sup­port­ers were in­vited to e-mail the club with bids.

They in­cluded the boots star striker and Foxes favourite Jamie Vardy wore, with Khun Vichai’s name em­broi­dered on them, dur­ing City’s emo­tional vic­tory away at Cardiff City last week­end.

A Le­ices­ter City spokesman said: “They went for an as­ton­ish­ing £9,008.”

One lucky fan also pur­chased the use of Vardy’s ex­ec­u­tive box, which seats 10 peo­ple, for to­day’s poignant Re­mem­brance fix­ture against Burn­ley – the first game back at the King Power Sta­dium since he­li­copter dis­as­ter.

The auc­tion also in­cluded a pair of Kasper Sch­me­ichel’s goal­keep­ing gloves.

The City spokesman said: “Kasper Sch­me­ichel’s gloves fetched £4,000.

“Mean­while, Vardy’s ex­ec­u­tive box for the Burn­ley game on Sat­ur­day was also up for auc­tion and raised £6,700.

“The pack­age in­cludes a four-course meal, drinks and a per­sonal visit by the striker. In to­tal, all three items fetched an in­cred­i­ble £19,708 – all of which will go di­rectly to The Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha Foun­da­tion.

“Un­der its new name, the foun­da­tion will con­tinue to use foot­ball as a force for good in the com­mu­nity in a way that re­flects the gen­eros­ity, care and love of the club’s late chair­man.”

Four other peo­ple – Nusara Suk­na­mai, 32, an as­sis­tant to Mr Sri­vad­dhanaprabha, Kave­porn Pun­pare, 33, a per­sonal as­sis­tant who was em­ployed by the foot­ball club, pi­lot Eric Swaf­fer, 53, and his girl­friend and co-pi­lot Iz­abela Roza Le­chow­icz, 46 – also lost their lives in the crash.

The for­mer LCFC Foxes Foun­da­tion raised al­most £2 mil­lion for lo­cal char­i­ties since its for­ma­tion in 2011/12.

It has helped fund a ren­o­va­tion of Le­ices­ter Royal In­fir­mary’s Chil­dren’s Out­pa­tient Ward, and life-sav­ing equip­ment des­per­ately needed by the Chil­dren’s In­ten­sive Care Unit.

Khun Vichai’s gen­eros­ity saw him make more than £4 mil­lion in per­sonal do­na­tions to lo­cal hospi­tals, uni­ver­si­ties and char­i­ties in re­cent years.

Le­ices­ter City have planned a unique pro­gramme of com­mem­o­ra­tive events for to­day’s match, in­clud­ing trib­utes to Khun Vichai – and re­mem­ber­ing the fallen from the two world wars and other con­flicts.

AUC­TION: Jamie Vardy

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