Leicester Panthers fall to defeat in season opener

The Leicester Panthers lost their first game back after a 27-year-break since playing under that name, as they fell to a 61-24 defeat against a strong Edinburgh Wolves side. Rian Fearnehough reports.

Leicester Panthers fall to defeat in season opener

Adam Redfern’s legacy continues with second ‘Run for Redfern’

By Molly Lee

A second ‘Run for Redfern’ in memory of De Montfort University (DMU) graduate and staff member Adam Redfern will be taking place on Sunday (MARCH5) to raise money for charity.

The 5km fundraiser run will begin at 11am in Victoria Park in Leicester and will finish at the Students’ Union (DSU) building on the DMU campus.

All money raised by the run will go towards the Adam Redfern Memorial Fund which was established after Adam’s died following a cardiac arrest.

The fund strives to give students with a passion for media, journalism and sports opportunities to improve their future careers.

Adam was a well-loved member of the DMU community, both as a student, a DSU Executive Officer and later as an employee working for the university’s communications team.

Elgan Hughes, Head of Membership Services at DMU, said: “I had the honour of calling him a friend. Adam had a huge passion for making a positive difference and he always put others and students before himself.”

Family, friends and colleagues of Adam hope that his legacy will carry on through DMU in the years to come, especially with the university’s initiative to become a Heart Safe Campus.

Paul Hindle, Associate Director of Communications at DMU, and a close colleague of Adam, said: “The real success would be that long after I’ve left DMU and all of the people who knew Adam have left DMU, the prizes and the scholarships under his name are still going strong. Certainly, as far as his colleagues go, we will never forget him.”

Since Adam’s passing, DMU has increased publicity about the location of defibrillators on campus and how to use them.

Ian and Christine Redfern, Adam’s parents, said: “The sudden and unexpected nature of his passing left a huge hole in our lives.”

They added: “For obvious reasons, shining a light on cardiac risk in young adults is something very close to our own hearts.”

The fundraiser run and the memorial fund have had huge successes since their establishment and organisers hope to continue Adam’s legacy for future generations of DMU students.

Places for the event can be booked via the DSU website here: https://events.demontfortsu.com/event/run-for-redfern-5k-charity-run/80505  with an entry fee of £5.

VIDEO: Leicester hosts spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations and parade

By Azim Saiyed

The Chinese New Year began with crowds flocking the streets of Leicester to parade from De Montfort University to Green Dragon Square which was all organised by Cosmopolitan Arts.

Yingjun Yang, director of the DMU Confucius Institute, said: “DMU Confucius Institute is happy and proud to be able to hold events for the Chinese New Year every year with the support from colleagues, friends, partners, and communities both at DMU and in Leicester.

“The Chinese take this occasion as a good time for forgiveness, compromises, and mutual understanding. They choose to forget old grudges and grievances for a better year of mutual harmony and peace among themselves, with others and for all fellow beings.”

This year, Cosmopolitan Arts planned to set up events in Leicester, Derby and Nottingham. It also carried out thorough research into the Chinese migration to the East Midlands.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the traditional dances and the red dragon costume dance at the front of the parade.

The event, held on Sunday, January 22, was capped off by spectacular dazzling fireworks at the Green Dragon Square, which is next to the Leicester market.

For more information, visit: www.cosmopolitanarts.co.uk.

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Video: DMU students give their views on lecturers’ strikes

By Lola Bailey

University lecturers will be going on strike next Wednesday (feb 1st). DMU students shared mixed views about the strikes.

Islamic Society hosts women’s canvas painting event

by Amina Ali

The Islamic Society at DMU is starting its Women in Islam week with canvas painting on Wednesday (JAN 25).