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Heart-Warming Moment 'Lonely' Pensioner Is Reduced To Tears After Students Surprise Him With Xmas Tree

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, 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.

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."

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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.

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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Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]