CRC appeal hits £1m target thanks to local industrialist
The public appeal for the Cardiovascular Research Centre has now reached its £1 million target thanks to a tremendous donation from the David Wilson Foundation.
The prominent Leicestershire industrialist and philanthropist David Wilson has become the leading local donor to the University’s new £12.6m heart research Centre at Glenfield Hospital.
Mr Wilson announced yesterday (19 June) that The David Wilson Foundation will donate £500,000 to complete the £1m public phase of the appeal to help equip the state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Research Centre. The announcement was made today as David Wilson visited the construction in progress.
The Foundation’s gift will be marked by the naming of the prestigious Ground Floor of the new Centre which will be known as ‘The David Wilson Biobank’. The Biobank will be equipped with robotic equipment capable of processing and storing biological samples from up to 100,000 individuals. This will massively increase capacity and enable the improved exploitation of clinical information on a major scale for the benefit of patients and the wider community not only in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland but also worldwide.
Fundraising for the construction of the research centre has attracted notable support from well known organisations including The British Heart Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, and The Edith Murphy Foundation as well as generous support from individuals and local groups. Fundraising for the CRC appeal still continues and further donations will help the University achieve its aim of a truly state-of-the-art facility.