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

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