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Annual Lunch 2020

Wednesday 11 March 2020

11:00 - 15:00

Welford Road Stadium, Leicester

Rainbows Annual Lunch

Hear stories from the frontline of Leicester's Police at our Annual Lunch 2020

Did you know that we plate over 9,000 meals each year for our children and young people to enjoy when they visit Rainbows? You can help us cater for even more by buying a ticket to our Annual Lunch 2020, which returns to Welford Road, home of the Leicester Tigers, in March - and guarantees an afternoon of revelry.

Monarchs and murderers, tragedies and celebrations, Leicester has witnessed them all over the years; and our special guest speaker in 2020, Simon Cole QPM, will be able to regale you with stories from all - as he's been there, on the front line, as the Chief Constable for Leicestershire Police.

Your day will begin with a welcome drink to enjoy as you browse a special selection of independent stalls, selling a range of items from crafts and drinks, to cards and chocolates. There's also the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes with a Rainbows Raffle - and all proceeds from this will help support the work we do.

From the stalls, you'll be invited to take your seat in the main hall, where a stunning three-course meal will be served. During the course of the meal, you'll hear how your support is making a difference to children and young people living with a life-limiting condition, here in the East Midlands; before the main event starts... a special Q&A with our guest speaker and BBC Radio Leicester's very own Dave Andrews. Hear about the numerous Royal visits to Leicester, the re–interment of King Richard III and the trials and tribulations of the LCFC Victory Parade following the 5000/1 Premier League triumph. There may even be the opportunity to ask your very own questions to the Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police!

Our Annual Lunch 2020 promises to be an entertaining afternoon of wonderful stories based right here in Leicestershire and we can't wait to welcome you as our guests!


£42pp includes the three-course meal and welcome drink

About Simon Cole QPM

Having been educated in Market Bosworth, Northampton, Oadby and Colchester, Simon joined West Midlands Police on the Graduate Entry Scheme. He worked in Birmingham in various uniform roles, as well as being Staff Officer to the Chief Constable and a Detective Inspector in West Bromwich. Simon rank jumped to promotion as Operations Superintendent in Handsworth, before becoming Commander of Dudley South Operational Command Unit.

Simon has worked on a variety of National Portfolios including the national portfolio on mental health and disability from September 2011 until April 2014. During this time he progressed work on Places of Safety, Liaison and diversion from custody and, in 2013, he acted as the police adviser to Lord Adebowale's Independent Commission on Policing and Mental Health which focused on the Metropolitan Police. 

In 2014 Simon gave evidence to The Home Affairs Select Committee on Policing Mental Health; he also gave evidence in 2015 about police finances. Simon represented the police service on the Bradley Report Group, looking at the progress of Lord Bradley's 2009 recommendations on liaison and diversion in custody for those who are mentally ill.

Since becoming Chief Constable of Leicestershire, Simon has been responsible for the policing of a variety of incidents and events including the LCFC helicopter crash, the LCFC victory parade, numerus Royal visits, the Hinckley Road explosion and the re – interment of King Richard III.  

About Dave Andrews

Dave Andrews is a BBC Leicester presenter and a Rainbows supporter.

During his years at BBC Leicester, Dave has presented most programmes including most recently Down to Earth and Talking History; while he has also presented radio commentary on major occasions including Richard III’s reburial, Remembrance Sunday and Sing Christmas.

Dave also spearheaded BBC Radio Leicester’s Ruby Rainbow Appeal in 2007 which raised over £600,000 for the new building at Rainbows.

Away from his role at BBC Leicester, Dave has written and produced shows for Curve Theatre – marking the centenary of WW1 and the Queen’s 90th birthday, while in 2015 he became a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire.

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Menu on the day

The menu to pick from on the day is:


Fresh Fruit Salad (V)


Spiced carrot and lentil soup (V)

Main Courses:

Thyme infused chicken breast, chive mash, baby carrots, buttered kale & chard, tarragon jus


Tomato, spinach & ricotta cannelloni, dressed house salad (V)


Vanilla panna cotta & macerated strawberries


Fresh fruit salad (V)

Please note the fruit salad starter will be different to the fruit salad pudding. The fruit salads have been chosen to cater for any special dietary requirements our guests may have. 


Welford Road Stadium, Aylestone Road, Leicester, LE2 7TR

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