Heart-Warming Moment 'Lonely' Pensioner Is Reduced To Tears After Students Surprise Him With Xmas Tree
DISCLAIMER: You're probably going to shed a tear or two
If you happened to tune into BBC Breakfast on Wednesday (11 December), you'd be familiar with Terrence, a pensioner who has spent the last 20 years alone on Christmas. Now, he's been surprised by a group of students from Oldham College and his reaction is just priceless.
Terrence has spent the last 20 Christmas Days on his own.
So #BBCBreakfast, @mrdanwalker and @OldhamCollege wanted to bring him some Christmas cheer :christmas_tree::heart: pic.twitter.com/TapFjtAGbe
- BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) December 12, 2019
Terrence, an Age UK volunteer, has been alone ever since his mum passed away two decades ago and when he spoke to the BBC he got upset as he said: "You do feel it [loneliness], very much so."
The 78-year-old, who has suffered with depression, was speaking about his voluntary work which he 'enjoys so much', adding: "Age UK gave me hope in the first place."
After the interview, Oldham College decided they were going to give Terrence a Christmas to remember by surprising him with a doorstep Christmas carol service. They also took him a Christmas tree after he said he wanted one.
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Watch BBC One at 650+820am this morning to see us team up with @BBCBreakfast + @mrdanwalker to surprise a very special Oldham resident.
It's a story about true Christmas spirit + the parts we can all play tackling loneliness in communities.#OCXmas pic.twitter.com/WVe0JkpxaP
- Oldham College (@OldhamCollege) December 12, 2019
BBC presenter, Dan Walker, told the camera: "We met an amazing man called Terrence. He struggled with loneliness over the years and he told us he doesn't have a Christmas tree. We promised we'd sort him out."
When Terrence asks Dan: "What are you doing here?" He told him how many people had got in touch with them after the initial interview the day before.
Thanks to his work with Age UK, Terrence won't be alone on Christmas Day as he is going to go to the care home of a lady he visits on a regular basis. But, that said, he still didn't have a tree.
"Age UK gave me hope, now I'm giving something back."
Watch Terrence's heartbreaking story and how Age UK were there for him. :purple_heart:
Find out how you can help us be there for more lonely older people like Terrence: https://t.co/eH4IOZdVc8 https://t.co/YH7Ff5gg13
- Age UK (@age_uk) December 11, 2019
That's now changed. Dan told him: "You had such a big impact on our viewers, we would love to do something for you. We said on air that you didn't have a Christmas tree, which we'd promised we'd sort out for you."
That's the moment, Dan introduced a group of students to Terrence and he broke down in his living room, before going outside where the Oldham College Choir put on a concert on his front doorstep.
What an incredible man.
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