THE words of Elvis’s popular tune “Lonely this Christmas” will definitely not be heard from the University of Central Lancashire Student’s Union on December 25.
For, thanks to SU president Lee Macneall those students left stranded in the city over the festive break will have a special “family” to share their Christmas dinner with.
His dad died from cancer when Lee was only 13 and he recently lost his mum to the disease, which meant he had no family to share Christmas with.
Instead of moping at home, the Good Samaritan, decided to put on a festive treat for students, such as the International scholars who can’t afford to go home for the short break, and others with nowhere to go.
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 on Christmas Day so he can host a slap up lunch for those students with nowhere to go - and persuaded the pro vice-chancellors to kick start the donation pot from their own pockets,
He’s contacted local firms and businesses and is hoping to get enough support to make it a day to remember. He’s planning to put up a big screen, showing festive movies as well as The Queen’s Speech.
Lee said: “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 membersof staff are going to pop down for a few hours.”