78-year-old man brought to tears after students bring him a Christmas tree
A 78-year-old pensioner suffering from loneliness was brought to tears when students surprised him in his home with a Christmas tree. During an appearance on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Terrence said he struggled with loneliness and didn't even have a Christmas tree at home.
Check out the emotional moment a tearful Terrence is visited by a group of students:
Terrence's story moved the BBC Breakfast team so much that they did their best to give him a moment of joy this festive season. The team arranged for a group of students from Oldham College to visit the lonely pensioner and present him with his very own Christmas tree.
Overcome by emotion, Terrence started crying as he greeted his guests individually. When the students finished decorating the tree, Terrence was taken to his front door where the college choir sang Silent Night, which again moved him to tears.
Terrence told BBC Breakfast: "What used to happen, I used to go round to my mother's on Christmas Day because I always cooked a meal for her here. I always took the thing round to her, and I used to buy her little bits all the time, like cigarettes and all this sort of stuff, and I used to parcel them all up at Christmas and put them in a pillowcase and take them round to her."
He continued: "One day, I'll never forget her saying to me, she said, 'Do you know, without you, bringing me my presents at Christmas, I wouldn't have any presents would I?' I often think about that now. People on their own now don't get any presents from people."
Terrence also explained that this year he was going for Christmas dinner with Nancy, a 90-year-old woman with dementia whom he met through his work with Age UK Oldham.