Leicestershire Uniting ‘Together In Hope’ ahead of Leicester’s lockdown review 

We are delighted to be supporting the ‘Together In Hope' initiative this weekend.

The University of Leicester’s Vice-Chancellor is working in partnership with the CEO of Leicester City Football Club and the Bishop of Leicester, on a celebration of community spirit in Leicester and Leicestershire this weekend, supported by a raft of other public figures. 

Headed by Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Susan Whelan and Bishop Martyn Snow, Together In Hope will highlight messages of encouragement and the many acts of kindness and concern for one another that have been springing up during lockdown. 

Sports, education, business, charity, arts, community and faith leaders and personalities are supporting ‘Together In Hope’ on social media, using the hashtags #TogetherInHope and #WeAreLeicester. The coalition of leaders and personalities invite anyone with connections to the city and county to tell the world what we celebrate about Leicester and Leicestershire and how we’ll come through this current challenge and move forward together in hope. 

You could produce a piece of art, poetry, make a film clip, create some spoken word, share a recipe, write a letter, pose for a photo with the Together in Hope branding, highlight your community and charitable work, whatever you like that tells the world how great Leicester is and how we’ll continue moving forward together in hope. 

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Leicester said: 

“Leicester is an incredible city. There is so much diversity and unity in one place. It has the world at your doorstep. 

“I am proud of Leicester and it is one of the reasons why I want to champion this great initiative, Together in Hope, to ensure we come out of this lockdown stronger and more united. 

“It’s more important now than ever to shine a light on what is great about our city. Together we can be a beacon of hope for others.” 

Susan Whelan, Leicester City Football Club Chief Executive, said: 

“Leicester is a truly special place, whose diverse and passionate community has been both the backdrop and the inspiration for some of the city’s finest achievements. 

“As we’ve seen throughout this pandemic, it’s also a community that comes together to support each other when support is most needed, which gives me great confidence that we can overcome the current challenges and emerge from the lockdown stronger than ever before.” 

The Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester, said: 

“We’re launching Together In Hope because we’ve been so encouraged by the way people have come together across Leicester and Leicestershire during the pandemic and lockdown. 

“We want the world to know about this and we want to tell people that our diversity is our strength. 

“We believe that this diversity and togetherness will enable us to emerge from this crisis with renewed hope for a society in which we care for one another and care for our planet. I’m delighted that so many partners have already come on board with this initiative and we hope you will join us and start sharing stories of Together In Hope.” 

Personalities and organisations supporting #TogetherInHope #WeAreLeicester include: 

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester 

Susan Whelan, CEO, Leicester City Football Club 

Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester 

Rosemary Conley CBE, Businesswoman, author and broadcaster 

Jonathan Agnew, The BBC Cricket Correspondent 

Gary Lineker OBE, BBC Sports Correspondent 

Maggie Philbin, Tomorrow’s World 

Simon Cole QPM, Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police 

Rick Taylor, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer 

Professor Robert Allison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Loughborough University 

Professor Andy Collop, Interim Vice-Chancellor, De Montfort University 

Geoff Rowe BEM, Festival Director, Big Difference Company 

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce 

Flor Healy, Group Chief Executive, Samworth Brothers 

Kevin Routledge, Chairman, Leicester Riders 

Sean Jarvis, Chief Executive, Leicester Cricket Club 

Andrea Pinchen, Chief Executive, Leicester Tigers 

Verity Hancock, Principal, Leicester College 

Dawn Whitemore, Principal, The SMB Group 

Chas Bishop, Chief Executive, Leicester Space Centre 

Karamjit Singh, Chair, University Hospitals of Leicester 

Andy Williams, Chief executive of the NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs 

Chris Stafford, Chief Executive, Curve Theatre 

Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director, Curve Theatre 

Revd Mark Burleigh, Head of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services, Leicester’s Hospitals 

Suleman Nagdi, Spokesperson, Federation of Muslim Organisations 

Resham Singh Sandhu, MBE, Leicestershire Interfaith Forum 

Pradip Gajjar, President, ISKCON Leicester 

Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Loughborough 

Jonathan Kerry, Chief Executive, Leicester Diocese 

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester 

Revd Jenny Impey, Minister, Leicester Trinity Methodist Circuit 

Revd Novette Headley, Superintendent Minister, Leicester West Methodist Circuit 

Dilwar Hussain, Chair, New Horizons in British Islam 

Associate Professor David Bartram, Chair, Leicester Progressive Jewish Community 

Jiten Anand, Director, Inspirate 

Sean Carroll, Director, Inspirate 

Bipin Anand, Director, ImageNova 

Glynis Wright, President Leicestershire Law Society 

Ravi Tara, Group Finance Director, Mattioli Woods 

Professor Turi King, Professor of Public Engagement, Leicester University 

Revd Dr Tom Wilson, Director, St Philip’s Centre