Major donation for Leicester Cathedral Revealed project

 The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation is to support the restoration and renewal project, Leicester Cathedral Revealed, with a grant of £800,000.


In announcing this grant, Leicester City Chief Executive Susan Whelan said: “The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation is very proud to support the restoration of Leicester Cathedral – an asset of great value to people of all faiths in our multicultural city. Since its formation, the Foundation has aimed to support causes that make a difference to the lives of people in Leicester – an objective we remain wholly committed to in the delivery of Khun Vichai’s legacy.”


Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha first supported the Cathedral with a grant in 2014 towards the reinterment of Richard III and, since then, the Football Club and the Cathedral have worked together supporting the communities in and around the city. 


The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, welcomed this support with delight, saying “This is such a transformational gift. Khun Vichai was so supportive of so many important causes in Leicester and it is heartwarming to see the Foundation continue his legacy. I believe this donation sends out a strong message that this is a project which will benefit all our communities because it will enhance the individual experience of being within the Cathedral – whether you come as a visitor, a pilgrim or a worshipper. We now have £2.3m left to raise and this support has given us confidence that we will reach that target.”



Leicester Cathedral Revealed is supported by £3.3m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and many other national, regional and local funders. Building work is planned to start in 2020 with the aim of completing in 2022. 


The photograph taken at Leicester City Football Club shows Steve Walsh, Susan Whelan and The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester. 

First published on: 10th September 2019

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