Foxes chairman donates £1m to Leicester Hospitals Charity

Khun Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha

Leicester City FC chairman Khun Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has donated £1m to the Leicester Hospitals Charity’s Neonatal Incubator Appeal.

The city’s 42-cot neonatal unit is in need of an upgrade, with 36 of its 42 incubators being over ten years old. The charity is aiming to replace them with £30,000 state-of-the-art incubators which will have the potential to save the lives of thousands of children.

The generous donation from Khun Top, as the chairman is affectionately known, was announced at the club’s annual End of Season Awards ceremony.

The cause is also being championed by club ambassador Alan Birchenall today (22 May) during his 40th and final End of Season Run.

Leicester City chief executive Susan Whelan said: “This event has always been about celebrating achievement and excellence among our players but, thanks to Khun Top and the Srivaddhanaprabha family, it has traditionally also been about raising funds for the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation.

“When we unveiled the statue of Khun Vichai, we launched an appeal that was dedicated to the Children’s Hospital. Children were close to Khun Vichai’s heart, so we’ve worked very closely with stakeholders in the city like Leicester Hospitals and the University of Leicester over the years to support children’s health.

“Through supporting the appeal to replace equipment in the children’s ICU, which will also be the focus of Birch’s final end-of-season run on Sunday, we’re able to continue with that work and make sure that we continue to provide children in Leicestershire with the best possible start in life.”