The memory of Leicester City Football Club’s beloved late Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, will be immortalised at Leicester’s Hospitals with the announcement that the new children’s intensive care units at the Leicester Children’s Hospital will be officially named in his honour.
- Children’s intensive care units at Leicester’s Hospitals named after Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
- The late Leicester City Chairman donated £2M to Leicester’s Hospitals after the 2016 title win
- Two units will be named ‘The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Children’s Intensive Care Unit’
- Khun Vichai passed away along with four others in a tragedy in October last year
Leicester Hospitals Charity has confirmed that 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’, in honour of the late Chairman.
The tribute, made with the consent of Khun Vichai’s family, reflects the incredibly generous charitable donations he gave to children’s services at Leicester’s Hospitals, including a £2M donation towards Leicester Hospitals Charity’s Children’s Hospital Appeal made following the Club’s historic Premier League title win in 2016.
Khun Vichai’s departure massively rocked Leicester City Football Club as well as the football community. Leicester City fans banded together in mourning to raise over £13,700 for the Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal in tribute of their beloved Club Chairman.
The new Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Children’s Intensive Care Units will be consolidated 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, separate from adult services.
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,” said Khun Apichet.
“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.”
Leicester Hospitals Charity Director, Lisa Davies, said 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,” said Lisa.
“In his life, Khun Vichai donated so much to improve children’s services at our hospitals and regularly extended special invitations to our young patients to attend Leicester his executive box at the King Power Stadium. His selflessness and compassion for our city and its children was always deeply appreciated and we can think of no better way to commemorate his life and legacy than by dedicating the new children’s intensive care units at the Leicester Children’s Hospital in his name.”
Leicester Hospitals Charity is currently fundraising for a £7.5M appeal to help complete the first phase of the new Leicester Children’s Hospital. Anyone wanting to contribute towards making the Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal a success can visit DoThemProud.com to donate, sign up as a supporter or learn more about the appeal, or can follow the appeal on Facebook at FB.me/DoThemProud and help spread the word on social media using #DoThemProud.