Leicester City Football Club has unveiled their support of a new Leicestershire mental health facility for young people.

The Beacon is a new £8 million mental health facility based at Glenfield Hospital. It will offer a safe environment for young inpatients and their families. The facility has 15 beds, an increase on the current 10-bed provision, and in future will be able to offer care for young people with eating disorders who require an inpatient stay. Young people have previously had to go out of the local area for this specialist care.

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As part of the opening, LCFC supporters, through the The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation, donated funds to LPT to help them build an Astro Turf sports pitch, which will be used for a range of activities from five-a-side games to yoga and meditation.

The Beacon has individual, en suite bedrooms, rather than dormitory style accommodation, while it also has facilities for Leicester Hospital School as well as sensory rooms, quiet lounge areas, clinic rooms and an outside garden and sports area.

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The coronavirus pandemic has led to an official opening ceremony being postponed until the New Year, however a virtual tour of the site is available, with further information on the Trust website.

(via lcfc.com)