£10,000 cash injection for heart appeal

Posted by pt91 at Sep 09, 2011 12:15 PM |
Community groups support University of Leicester Cardiovascular Research Centre
£10,000 cash injection for heart appeal

(l-r)-Balubhai Pabari , Bhanu Chandarana, Vijay Sharma, Steve O’Connor, Vajubhai Madlani, Jayanti Chandarana , Jay Pabari , Hemubhai Chandarana (President), Prabhudas Kotecha, Himatlal Ghelani (Treasurer), Shanti Madlani and Ashok Kotecha.

Cheque presentation image available from pt91@le.ac.uk

A cheque for £10,501 has been presented to the University of Leicester in support of an appeal for a state-of-the-art heart research centre at Glenfield Hospital.

The presentation from the Shree Lohana Mahajan Hindu community follows a presentation of a £4,000 cheque from members of Sikh Gurdwaras across the city.

Last month the University launched the public phase of its appeal to raise the final £1million required to complete and equip the Cardiovascular Research Centre (CRC). The new £12.6 million research centre will impact radically on both the scale and quality of research and treatment of cardiovascular disease all over the UK. 

An iconic sculpture symbolising the on-going work to build the Centre in Leicester was officially unveiled to the public at Highcross. The sculpture – by artist Diane Maclean – was kindly donated to the university by a supporter of the appeal to symbolise the pioneering work that will be conducted by the University’s world leading researchers in the CRC.

Steve O’Connor, Director of Development at the University, said: “A shared ambition to improve the health and wellbeing of the community has resulted in a number of recent fundraising initiatives in the city, including collections at public parades, local temples and Gurdwaras, as well as appeals on local radio stations. 

“One such initiative came from the Shree Lohana Mahajan.  Professor Nilesh Samani, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology at the University, was invited by the President Mr Hemubhai Chandarana and Chairman of the Trustees, Mr Jayanti Chandarana, to address members of the community about cardiovascular disease, its prevention and treatment and breakthroughs in heart research by the team at the University. 

“Members of the local community, where everyone knows someone who has died prematurely of coronary heart disease, responded generously and raised £10,501 in support of the CRC appeal.  Representatives of the Committee and Trustees presented a cheque to the University at a recent gathering.

"The University welcomes the support of all communities in Leicestershire in helping to achieve our bold new vision for Cardiovascular research.”

Vijay Sharma, member of the University of Leicester Development Board said:

“We are delighted with the fantastic donation and support of the Leicester Mahajan Trust and members of the Shree Lohana Mahajan for the University's Cardiovascular Research Centre Appeal.   The pioneering research undertaken at the new Centre will benefit the many thousands of patients and families whose lives have been affected by heart disease.  The support of the local community for our fundraising will be essential in helping to equip and complete this state-of-the-art building."

For more information on the CRC Appeal please contact Ave Vinick at University of Leicester on 0116 252 2176 or email arv4@leicester.ac.uk


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