Leicester re­name foun­da­tion in hon­our of late owner

Gulf Times Sport - - FOOTBALL -

Leicester City’s Foxes Foun­da­tion will be re­named The Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha Foun­da­tion in hon­our of the club’s Thai chair­man, who trag­i­cally died in a he­li­copter crash, the Premier League side an­nounced yes­ter­day. On top of the mil­lions he poured into fund­ing the club’s rise from English foot­ball’s sec­ond tier to sur­prise Premier League win­ners in 2015/16, Vichai also do­nated gen­er­ously to the lo­cal com­mu­nity of Leicester since buy­ing the club in 2010.

The Thai busi­ness­man, who started duty free King Power stores, was killed along with four oth­ers when his he­li­copter crashed in the car park of Leicester’s King Power Sta­dium on Oc­to­ber 27, shortly af­ter at­tend­ing a 1-1 draw with West Ham.

“Since its for­ma­tion in 2011/12, the Foun­da­tion has raised al­most £2mn for lo­cal char­i­ties, help­ing 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,” Leicester said in a state­ment.

“Un­der its new name, The Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha Foun­da­tion will con­tinue to build on that life-chang­ing work in a way that re­flects the gen­eros­ity, care and love of a man who made over £4mn in per­sonal do­na­tions to the city’s uni­ver­si­ties, hos­pi­tals and char­i­ties in re­cent years.”

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