Leicester rename foundation in honour of late owner

Leicester City’s Foxes Foundation will be renamed ‘The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation ’ in honour of the club’ s chairman, who tragically died in a helicopter crash, the Premier League side announced on Tuesday .

On top of the millions he poured into funding the club’ s rise from English football ’ s second tier to Premier League winners in 2015 / 16, Vichai also donated generously to the local community of Leicester since buying the club in 2010 .

The Thai businessman was killed along with four others when his helicopter crashed in the car park of Leicester’ s King Power Stadium on October 27 , shortly after attending a 1 -1 draw with West Ham .

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“ Since its formation in 2011 / 12 , the Foundation has raised almost £ 2 million for local charities , helping fund a renovation of Leicester Royal Infirmary ’ s Children ’s Outpatient Ward and life -saving equipment desperately needed by the Children ’s Intensive Care Unit, ” Leicester said in a statement .

“ Under its new name , The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation will continue to build on that life -changing work in a way that reflects the generosity , care and love of a man who made over £ 4 million in personal donations to the city ’ s universities , hospitals and charities in recent years. ”