Nearly 200 York St John University students are set to remain in York for Christmas.
And the university is handing out festive support packages for students remaining in accommodation during the holiday period, which runs until Tuesday 4 January.
Recognising that some students’ personal circumstances in the pandemic meant they would remain in rented accommodation over Christmas, the Student Life team devoted hours to present wrapping and hamper making last year.
That new tradition continues this year, with added support from Morrisons supermarket. Festive packages are filled with delicious food items, thanks to a generous donation from the supermarket.
Wendy Davies, community champion for Morrisons at Foss Island said: “It was a privilege to meet the staff at York St John University and to donate goodies that will make students’ Christmas a good and happy one. I would like to wish all staff and students a very Happy Christmas from Morrisons.”
Packages will be handed out in the lead up to Christmas, with students not heading home for the holidays invited to meet for mince pies and festive drinks.
Gillian Sowray, PA to the director of Student Life, has led the coordination of goodies.
She said: “All our students deserve a happy holiday, so this gesture is to remind our care leavers, international and estranged students that they are not alone, and we will be thinking of them over the break.
“It really is a team effort, and it has been wonderful to have the added support from Morrisons to make the packages special.”