Walk for Vichai raises £13,700 for Leicester Children's Hospital
Monday 12 November 2018
On Saturday 27 October 2018, five people were killed in a tragic accident at King Power Stadium in Leicester.
Leicester City Football Club's beloved chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was one of those whose lives were sadly lost.
In light of these events, two young Leicester City supporters had an idea: bring 5,000 people together to walk in memory of Khun Vichai and everything he meant to the club and to this city, reflecting the 5,000/1 odds that Leicester City overcame to stun the world and become champions of the Premier League during the 2015/16 season.
Public support of this idea was overwhelming and, on Saturday 10 November, thousands of people from across our community gathered together ahead of Leicester City's match against Burnley FC to walk side-by-side in honour of Khun Vichai, the four other lives that were lost, and everything that the chairman gave to the city of Leicester.
Having been invited to join as the official charity for the event, Leicester Hospitals Charity team members and volunteers joined the crowds at Jubilee Square to hold bucket collections for the Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal.
Head of Business Development, Debbie Adlerstein, says the charity were privileged to be invited to be a part of such a special event.
“We were honoured when the family behind the Walk for Vichai got in touch to tell us they wanted to help raise money for Leicester Children’s Hospital,” says Debbie. “We were joined by some of our amazing volunteers to collect donations from hundreds of generous Leicester City fans.
“Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was renowned for his generosity, famously donating £2m to Leicester Hospitals Charity to support the Leicester Children's Hospital and regularly extending special invitations to young hospital patients to watch home matches from his executive box at the King Power Stadium.
“We’d like to honour his memory and pay our tributes to him, his family and the loved ones of every one who we lost in this tragedy.”
Those who took part in the Walk for Vichai raised a remarkable total of almost £3,000 on the day. Foxes fans from across the world have donated a grand total of over £13,700 in memory of their club’s much-loved chairman. We are all deeply touched by this gesture.
Leicester Hospitals Charity would like to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers, to BBC Radio Leicester for allowing us to use their building as a base and to Leicester City Football Club for giving us their blessing to accept donations in memory of their late chairman.