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Hospice appeal to mark birthday
Hands of a hospice worker and one of the youngsters
The money go towards an extension for older visitors
A children's hospice in Leicestershire is set to benefit from a radio station's latest charity appeal.

Over the next 12 months, staff at BBC Radio Leicester hope to raise 400,000 to help youngsters at the Rainbows Children's Hospice in Loughborough.

The money collected will be used to build an extension to cater for people in their teens and early twenties.

The campaign will help mark BBC Radio Leicester's 40th birthday - which will be celebrated later this year.

"The idea is that this wing will allow teenagers to do what all teenagers do: stay up late, listen to loud music, eat pizzas and even have sleep-overs in a way that they're not able to do fully at Rainbows at the moment," said Managing Editor Kate Squire.

"So we wanted to do something in our 40th year that would have a real impact on people in Leicestershire and Rutland and of course across the East Midlands."


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