Record £7m donation for University of Leicester

The University of Leicester has been given a £7m donation – the biggest financial gift in its history.

The money was donated by the John and Lucille Van Geest Foundation.

Around £2.5m of it will be used to build blood laboratories and the remaining £4.5 will fund heart disease research in the shape of a new Van Geest Foundation Heart and Cardiovascular Diseases Research Fund.

A university spokesperson told the BBC they hoped the funding would allow Leicester to compete for funding for the most “exciting and cutting-edge studies that will advance the fight against cardiovascular disease for years to come”.

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