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