Leicester City helicopter crash

Care units to be named after former Leicester City chairman

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Two intensive care units at the new Leicester Children's Hospital will be named after former Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha when they open.

The charity behind the appeal to build the new hospital confirmed the tribute to Mr Vichai, who donated £2m to them after the Foxes won the Premier League in 2016.

New children's hospital
Leicester Hospitals Charity

Mr Vichai died in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium last October along with two pilots and two members of his staff.

His son, Apichet Srivaddhanaprabha, said it was a "proud moment" for the family.

"My father always supported Leicester’s communities because he believed in giving back to the people that have given so much to us," he said.

"His donations to Leicester 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."

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Leicester City Football Club

Memorial garden to open at King Power Stadium crash site

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

A memorial garden honouring former Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will be unveiled at King Power Stadium on the first anniversary of his death in a helicopter crash.

The permanent tribute has been created in the spot where the aircraft came down on 27 October.

Tributes to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
PA Media

A private, multi-faith ceremony is due to take place at the garden before gates open to the public from 14:00.

The club said floral tributes left after the crash will be composted and used to support the growth and development of the new garden's planting scheme.

Foxes chief executive Susan Whelan said: "From the scene of a tragedy, we aim to build something peaceful, something poignant and something beautiful, where supporters of today and of future generations can remember what one man’s vision did for this club, this community."