A DISABLED man who lived on take-out pizza for a month was rescued by kind-hearted police after the Domino’s chain stopped taking orders over the phone.
Frail David Hoggett, who lives in Aldershot, Hampshire, suffers from arthritis in the spine and has difficulty moving around.
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The 70-year-old man has lived alone since the death of his wife in 2014 and has no family or friends living nearby.
After the coronavirus epidemic began, Mr. Hoggett began to self-isolate.
However, since he does not know anyone in the city who can shop for him, he “lived only on Domino’s pizza, chocolate cookies and Coke Zero,” he said.
But when the takeaway stopped accepting orders over the phone, he had no choice but to leave the house and walk to a nearby supermarket to stock up on food.
And as a member of the public helped him cross the road, he was approached by officers from the Hampshire Constabulary.
The police then went shopping for Mr. Hoggett for him and brought him home safely.
“IT RESTORED MY FAITH IN HUMANITY”
Now Jodie Cordner, who lives nearby, has started helping Mr. Hoggett, while a local charity gives him one hot meal a day.
Speaking to SurreyLive, Hoggett said his wife had been sick since 2009 and died in 2014.
He said, “In 2015, I ended up in the hospital three times – the third being a minor heart attack, but I survived.
“I don’t have friends or family here, so I’m on my own. The only people I know are 350 miles away in Cleethorpes.
“For a month, I lived only on Domino’s pizza, chocolate cookies and Coke Zero. Domino’s however stopped taking orders and delivering, so I had to go out to get food.
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“You have no choice when you are left on your own.
“The local school now provides me with a hot meal every day and Jodie goes shopping for me.
“He restored my faith in humanity.
“Knowing no one, a lot of people wouldn’t care, but it was so nice.
“All I have is a television, apart from the fact that it only looks at four square walls.
“I am awake 20 of the 24 hours a day. I just think I’ll sleep long enough when I’m dead. You might as well enjoy life as long as you can. “
Ms. Cordner said, “I have been shopping for David several times for him.
“We call him several times a day to check in and see if he’s okay or if he needs something.
“He seems much happier and returns to his twittering personality. “
Hampshire police officers urged anyone who knew someone in Mr. Hoggett’s position to contact him.
“We are not just here to uphold the law – we are here to help the community, and especially the most vulnerable, in this difficult time,” they said.
Domino’s officials said the Aldershot restaurant is still open – but they are currently only accepting online orders because of the impact of the coronavirus on the branch.
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