Joy for Foxes as Premier League trophy visits Leicester 

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Leicester had hold of the Premier League trophy yesterday – but unfortunately they were just borrowing it for a charity event.

Barclays bank on Humberstone Gate had the trophy on display to raise money for the LCFC Foxes Foundation on Thursday, October 23.

Alan Birchenall MBE, former player and club ambassador said: “It’s brilliant to have the Premier League trophy but I would like it to be here permanently having won it.”

There was an opportunity to have your photo with the trophy and former Leicester City players Mr Birchenall and Steve Walsh, alongside club mascot Filbert the Fox.

Mr Walsh said: “It’s good to do things in the community.

“Since I have finished playing I do a lot with the club.”

The silverware was in the bank from 10.30am to 4.30pm with the two ex-professionals making an appearance between 2pm and 3pm.

There were raffle tickets for sale with the chance to win a Season Ticket for the rest of the campaign or a shirt signed by the players.

The event also featured Indian food available to buy and the chance to get a henna tattoo.

Fulks Rahman, who spent three months organising the event, said: “It took a long time to put this together but it has been a great day.”

Barclays will match the funds raised on the day to double the money that will go to the foundation.

The charities the foundation support, include Leicester Hospitals Charity, Leicestershire Autistic Society, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, Leicester & Rutland Branch and the Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People.

Nurses bite back at Leicester drinks ban


Nurses have reacted angrily to a ban on hospital staff drinking in Leicester’s three hospitals.

All employees have been banned from drinking in clinic reception areas at Leicester General Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield General Hospital after bosses complained it might make staff look as though they ‘are not working as hard as they might be’.

However, one staff nurse at the nearby Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham who wished not to be named said: “I think it is ridiculous. We [as nurses] are constantly told throughout our training to encourage oral intake [of fluids] for our patients.

“Yet we are being told we can’t drink in front of patients. There simply isn’t enough time in our breaks to drink the required amount to stay hydrated throughout our shifts.”

The ban was leaked to the media after an email was sent by Michelle Scowen, matron for clinical support and imaging at Leicester’s hospitals, announcing the change.

In the email, she wrote: “Following a number of complaints by staff and patients it will no longer be permitted for staff to have drinks in the reception areas of the clinics in the central outpatients’ departments at UHL (University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust).

“Clearly this activity has given the wrong impression to staff and the public that clinic staff are not working as hard as they might be.”

But despite the opposition to the ban, there are some nurses who see it as a positive step.

Jordan Olner, who studies Child Nursing at nearby De Montfort University and who has completed a number of shifts in Leicester hospitals, said: “I understand the logic behind the ban as it can look unprofessional if staff are sat around drinking tea and coffee.

“In my experience drinks are only allowed in the staff room anyway as it is against health and safety to have hot drinks anywhere else.

“But I do think staff should be able to have a bottle of water with them to keep hydrated when they get a spare minute as shifts often get busy and it’s obviously important for staff to look after their own health as well as their patients’. I am sure patients would understand the importance of this.”

Jonathan Whitney

City centre graced with Premier League trophy

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The Barclays Premier League cup came to Leicester city centre for fans to see in a star-studded charity event.

Barclays Bank on Humberstone Gate was host to the Premier League trophy on Thursday October 23, for the public to see and take photos.

The fundraiser was in aid of the Leicester City Football Club Foxes Foundation, which raises money for ten charities including Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Head of Marketing for Leicester City Football Club Jamie Tabor said: “It’s been pretty busy, we’ve had a steady flow of people.

“Around 2,000 people come to this branch daily, so the regular punters as well as the fans have come to see the trophy.

“What’s great is that it’s on a local level. The mascot Filbert Fox is here, whom everyone loves. Parents and children all want to take photos with him.”

As part of the fundraising event, raffle tickets were on sale with the chance to win a season ticket or signed football shirt.

Fulks Rahman, 29, event organiser and floor manager of Barclays, Humberstone Gate, said: “It’s taken us around 3 months to organise this event. We wanted to see when would be best to do it, so we coincided it with Diwali.

“Local Indian restaurant Chutney Ivy is serving food, and there’s a henna tattoo stall.”

“All the money that’s raised, Barclays will match it. Once we raise the money, we’ll present a cheque during half time at the Leicester vs Liverpool game on Tuesday December 2,” he added.

Leicester football fan Lauren Cope, 23, said: “It’s brilliant to have the cup here after ten years. I’m a massive football fan, I’ve been to a couple of games, and went to the celebrity match last week.”

Ex-LCFC captain Steve Walsh and Club Ambassador Alan Birchenall MBE were there at the event to take photos and meet and greet fans.

Mr Walsh said: “It’s good to do things in the community, especially as an ex-player, raising money for charity.”

Danielle Lett

Diwali kites decorate Leicester’s skyline


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Leicester families headed to Spinney Hill Park last weekend to celebrate Diwali with a day of kite flying.

Art Reach organised the event, which was held from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, October 18 and featured free Kite Crafting workshops and demonstrations from professional Kite Flyers.

Journeys Festival Director, Samuel Javid, said: “This is actually an extension of the Kite Crafting day we held as part of Journeys festival in August.

“This gives people a chance to fly the kites they made there and to celebrate other cultures.”

Kite Crafting expert and organiser of the Leicester Kite Festival, Harish Mandalia was there to help people make their kites and International Kite Flyer Stafford Wallace performed demonstrations.

Mr Wallace, said: “Everywhere I go people are saying that children aren’t playing anymore so it is good to be involved in an event that is encouraging children to play.

“Kite flying brings together lots of cultures because it plays a part in most people’s childhood and it’s great to be part of a Diwali celebration.”

Matt Webster, 28, of Leicester attended the event with his partner and two sons, Oliver and Harry aged five and three.

He said: “I saw it on the Leicester council website and thought it would be fun for the kids, and for us.

“It’s nice for Oliver and Harry to grow up learning about other cultures.”

The Mellor family from Hinckley, brought along the kites they made at the Journeys Festival in the summer.

Six-year-old Loreley Mellor, said: “It’s kind of hard to keep my kite in the sky and control it but it’s really fun” and her mum Jane, 49, said: “It’s good that we have been able to bring our kites here and fly them.”

Helen Chamberlain, event manager at Art Reach, said: “It’s been great to see so many families come down.

“Flying kites is a very big thing all over the world and I think it’s one of those things everyone relates to because it’s just so much fun.

“Everyone today has had a story to tell.”

For more information on Art Reach and the Journeys Festival, visit or call 0116 261 6882.

Charity dinner raises money and human trafficking awareness


A charity dinner in which more than 80 people attended has raised £1142 for the Stop the Traffik charity and highlighted the issue of human trafficking.

The dinner, which took place at Chef and Spice on Andrewes Street, Leicester, featured a raffle to raise funds, a presentation that captivated the hearts of the attendees and finished in a standing ovation.

Stop the Traffik, was founded in 2006 by Steve Chalke, and employs thousands of people across the globe, bringing together communities with the common aim of fighting human trafficking.

Parminder Parmer, 47, the Senior Primary Mental Health Worker who created the event, said: “The idea is the more people you tell, you are more alert, you are more aware and you’re looking around thinking ‘ok what’s going on here’ and you’re not blind to the issues.

“It is the second biggest industry in the world, only second to the illegal drug trade.”

Human trafficking is still a prevalent problem in today’s society and there are currently more ‘slaves’ in UK than ever before.

There are a vast range of tricks to illegally capture people, in which the victims are of any age group, all of these Stop the Traffik work to raise awareness against.

The owner of Chef and Spice, Syed Rahman, has pledged to help charities nationwide with the aims of raising £100,000 with fundraising nights.

The restaurant can accommodate for up to 150 people and 60% of the £15 ticket price will go to charity.

For more information regarding Stop the Traffik or to donate, visit or call 0207 921 4258.

Thomas Simpson