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Serving up a festive treat to lonely students this Christmas

16 December 2014

Rachel Atkinson

University of Central Lancashire students will definitely not be “Lonely this Christmas” thanks to the goodwill of the Students’ Union President.

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University of Central Lancashire students will definitely not be “Lonely this Christmas” thanks to the goodwill of the Students’ Union President.

On 25 December the Students’ Union will be full of Christmas cheer as Lee Mac will cook turkey and trimmings for those students who are left in the city over the festive break.

Lee’s personal circumstances have led him to want a special ‘family’ to share his Christmas dinner with. His dad died from cancer when he was only 13 and he recently lost his mum to the disease, which meant he had no family to enjoy Christmas with.

Instead of moping at home, the Good Samaritan has decided to put on a festive treat for international students who can’t afford to go home for the short break or others who have nowhere to go.

“It will be ticketed event and there will be buckets around for people to make donations but the whole concept is of giving and goodwill. We’ve got a few volunteers signed up and members of staff are going to pop down for a few hours.”

He said: “I would have been quite happy sitting at home in front of the TV and a beer or two but decided that as the University shuts down and students who can’t go home are left to fend for themselves, it would be a good opportunity to share.”

Lee has enlisted support from University bosses to open up the Union building, in Fylde Road, on Christmas Day so he can host a free slap up lunch and show festive movies and the Queen’s Speech on a big screen. He has also contacted local firms and businesses and is hoping to get enough support to make it a day to remember.

He added: “It will be ticketed event and there will be buckets around for people to make donations but the whole concept is of giving and goodwill. We’ve got a few volunteers signed up and members of staff are going to pop down for a few hours.”