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Christmas cheer spread to Canterbury charities

22 December 2016

Christmas is a time for giving and spreading a little joy to those in need. Students and staff at Canterbury Christ Church University took the festive spirit to heart for another year, generously donating gifts to local charities in their annual Christmas Gift Appeal.

Christmas is a time for giving and spreading a little joy to those in need. Students and staff at Canterbury Christ Church University took the festive spirit to heart for another year, generously donating gifts to local charities in their annual Christmas Gift Appeal.

Coordinated by the Student Volunteering and Opportunities Team at the University, the appeal provided hundreds of items for three local charities; Catching Lives, a charity which works with the homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury, CXK, who support young people and families progress into jobs, and Age UK.

From woolly socks and toiletries, to colouring pens and tins of biscuits, the team were overwhelmed by the generosity of students and staff from across the University’s campuses in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Medway and Salomons.

Georgia Horsley, a second year Education Studies student, said: “It felt so good to donate to three great causes all at once. The variety of charities the Christmas Gift Appeal reached was fantastic as it helped so many vulnerable people at Christmas time. I was so overwhelmed to find such a huge mound of presents in the Student Opportunities office; it’s really heart-warming to see so many people being generous and compassionate at this time of year”

Graeme Solly, Project Leader at Catching Lives, said: “This time of year can be difficult for those that we support and we have heard from many of our clients just how much they appreciate such gestures from others in the community, and it really is great to see people taking the time to think of those who are less fortunate, especially during this busy time of year".

Nick Spinks, Team Leader at Young Healthy Minds, CXK, said: “We were blown away by the kindness and generosity of both the University and its students, and never expected that we would receive quite as many donations as we did. The children and young people that we work with really benefit from these contributions, helping them to build their resilience.”

Lucy Dearden, Student Volunteering and Opportunities Manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled by the success of this year’s Christmas Gift Appeal, which was our most successful appeal yet, showing that community spirit is alive and well at Canterbury Christ Church University.”

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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