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These Preston children are having a better Christmas thanks to kind Prestonians

Posted on - 17th December, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, News, Preston City Centre, Schools
One of the pupils taking part in making Christmas decorations in the UCLan shop

One of the pupils taking part in making Christmas decorations in the UCLan shop

Primary school pupils were given an early Christmas present in Preston city centre.

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Children from St Matthew’s Church of England and Holy Family Catholic primary schools visited the University of Central Lancashire’s shop in Lune Street.

Presents for young people of all ages have been dropped into the shop during the last three weeks supporting Rock FM’s Mission Christmas appeal.

UCLan vice-chancellor Professor Mike Thomas said: “We’ve had a great response to this appeal and it’s fantastic that the University and the local community are able to link up and help families in need at Christmas time.

“It’s great to see local school children come along to support us and I want to thank them for getting involved in our very important project.”

Professor Mike Thomas meets Preston children

Professor Mike Thomas meets Preston children

The pupils also took part in a carols sing-along before receiving their Christmas presents.

Abigail Greer, 10, from Holy Family said: “Some children don’t get presents like we do and get upset so by buying extra presents to give to them it makes everyone equal.”

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St Matthew’s pupil, 10-year-old Hibba Ajaib commented: “It’s nice to think that by buying presents for other children it will make them happy and they’ll enjoy Christmas. I’ve really enjoyed singing and taking part in Christmas crafts today.”

Christmas just got that little bit better...

Christmas just got that little bit better…

UCLan has set up two other drop-off points on its Preston Campus for staff and students to donate presents.

Cash for Kids is the official charity of local radio station Rock FM and the University has a long-standing relationship with the charity with event management students raising funds every year as part of their studies.

Last year Rock FM raised more than £654,400 in gifts and cash and supported more than 12,500 local children through the appeal.

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