Volunteers from local Lions Clubs in North Staffordshire are joining forces with Staffordshire Police to keep students safe on pre-Christmas nighjts out. During the build up to Christmas Newcastle, Leek and Stoke-on-Trent Lions clubs are sponsoring a drink safely campaign for students of Staffordshire University, Keel University, Newcastle-under-Lyme College and Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College.

Stoke-on-Trent Lions club members are sponsoring the Street Chaplains who will be giving out space blankets, lollipops and water to students after nights out. While Newcastle and Leek Lions clubs have sponsored wrist bands with a drink safety message and spikey anti drink tops to be given out free to students, too . The Lions club have already visited Newcastle college to distribute their freebies with more visits to come this week.

University Policing officer, PC Simon Stone, will be on hand on Tuesday 15 December between 11am and 2pm at Staffordshire university outside the Brindley building on the Leek Road site and also outside of the Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. He will be joined by Lions Club members, local officers and volunteers from the university.

PC Stone said: ” We’re very grateful to the Lions Clubs and volunteers for their support of this initiative. Young people want to go out with their friends to celebrate Christmas and the end of term and we want them to have a good time. “The best way to ensure you have a good time is to drink responsibly and make sure you’re aware of how to keep yourself safe. Alcohol affects your judgement and dulls your inhibitions which is why we want everyone to be midful of the possible pitfalls and how to avoid them. “By encouraging them to drink safely, we hope to ensure our local young people have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”