Press Release

15 December 2014

Students and staff at Canterbury Christ Church University have been spreading Christmas cheer across the City by donating over a hundred gifts to local people who may be spending Christmas alone this year.

Age UK, Bridge Haven Care Centre and Catching Lives all received a visit from the students giving individually wrapped bags of presents for the elderly, people with dementia and mental illness and the homeless last week. Each bag contained several gifts including items such as luxury toiletries, chocolates and biscuits as well as a Christmas card and a cracker.

Students giving out presents
Students giving out presents

Organiser of the Parcel Project is second year student, Hannah Woodley who is currently studying English Literature, set up collection boxes at busy points around the University campus and urging staff and students to donate gifts throughout November and the beginning of December.

Age UK residents opening presents
Age UK residents opening presents

Hannah Woodley said: “We decided to do this project again this year because of the success of last year's. It's important to make connections between the University and the community, particularly with those in need and this project enables our university to show appreciation, and to give, to individuals who deserve it most.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who donated so generously; the donation intake this year exceeded our expectations!”

Hannah Woodley with residents
Hannah Woodley with residents

The first stop was Bridge Haven Care Centre. The second stop was Age UK on Castle Street in Canterbury, where presents were given to the elderly over mince pies and coffee, and the third stop was Catching Lives who were also given soup, coffee and minced pies.

The Centres joined in the festive cheer as gifts were opened, Christmas songs sung and crackers pulled.

Canterbury’s Christmas spirit had been enhanced, not only to the local residents, but to those who may not have had a Christmas this year at all.

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 nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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