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Leicester Children's Hospital to honour name of late football club chairman Khun Vichai to reflect £2 million donation

The tribute has been made by the Leicester Hospitals Charity, in recognition of the £2 million donation he made Credit: ITV News Central

Two intensive care units at Leicester Children's Hospital are to be named after Leicester City's late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The tribute has been made by the Leicester Hospitals Charity, in recognition of the £2 million donation he made towards an appeal following the club's historic Premier League title win in 2016.

The announcement comes just days before the first anniversary of the helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium that killed him and four others. Both the Children's Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Leicester Royal Infirmary will be designated 'The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Children's Intensive Care Unit'.

The new units will be at the Leicester Royal Infirmary's Kensington Building as part of an ambitious plan to create the East Midlands's first dedicated children's hospital where all children's services will be located under one roof.

It's a great privilege really, that his name is going to be on the new intensive care unit.

He's been a great inspiration to not just the intensive care unit, but Leicester Hospitals."

– Dawn Potter, Leicester Royal Infirmary

Leicester City Vice Chairman Apichet Srivaddhanaprabha, son of Khun Vichai, was given the opportunity to tour the children's intensive care units to be named in his father's memory ahead of the official launch of the Leicester Children's Hospital Appeal at King Power Stadium in July.

"This is a very proud moment for my family.

My father always supported Leicester's communities because he believed in giving back to the people that have given so much to us. His donations to Leicester's Hospitals were about supporting the future generations of those communities and making sure there would always be help available to families that needed it most.

Our family, Leicester City Football Club and the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation intend to honour my father's legacy by continuing to support those communities in the same spirit."

– Apichet Srivaddhanaprabha
Two intensive care units will be named after the late Leicester City football club chairman. Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester Hospitals Charity Director, Lisa Davies, says the naming of the intensive care units in honour of Khun Vichai reflects the impact of his legacy both on Leicester's Hospitals and Leicester's community.

It is with the deepest admiration and respect for Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha that we announce we will be naming such an important area of our children's services in his memory."

– Lisa Davies, Leicester Hospitals Charity Director

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