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UCLan shop is Cash for Kids present drop off point

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Lune Street shop one of charity’s official drop-off centre

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) city centre shop is spreading festive cheer by taking in presents for Rock FM’s Cash for Kids: Mission Christmas charity.

Until Wednesday, 14 December, shoppers can call in at the University’s ‘In the City Shop’ on Lune Street to drop off gifts suitable for young people up to the age of 18 that will be handed out to disadvantaged children in Lancashire ready for Christmas Day.

UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mike Thomas, joined children from the University’s Pre-School Centre in the shop to drop off his own present and take part in festive crafts.

Professor Thomas said: “The people of Preston have, as always, been generous in donating extra gifts to the Cash for Kids Christmas appeal and I’m delighted that UCLan can once again play a part in linking the local community and the University with such a deserving charity.”

I’m delighted that UCLan can once again play a part in linking the local community and the University with such a deserving charity.

Saskia Gregory, Joint Officer in Charge of UCLan Pre-School, added: “All of the children had a lovely time making Christmas crafts in the shop and generally getting in the mood for Christmas.”

People can drop off presents at UCLan’s ‘In the City’ shop until next Wednesday.  It is open Monday 9.30am – 3.00pm, Tuesday 10.00am – 3.00pm and Wednesday 11.00am – 1.30pm.

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

The largest annual Christmas toy appeal in the UK, Mission Christmas is run by Cash for Kids and supported by Bauer Radio’s regional stations. In 2016 the appeal generated upwards of £15.5 million in gifts and donations which were distributed to more than 360,000 disadvantaged kids across the UK.

View photos from the event on UCLan’s Flickr gallery.

Lyndsey Boardman | 11 December 2017