Hungry widower had Creme Egg for Xmas Dinner before woman turned his life around

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Vicky Prendergast, 34, took to Facebook to ask people if they had food, clothes or furniture they would be able to donate to a stranger she met outside a chip shop (Image: Vicky Prendergast)
Vicky Prendergast, 34, took to Facebook to ask people if they had food, clothes or furniture they would be able to donate to a stranger she met outside a chip shop (Image: Vicky Prendergast)

A widower who only had a Creme Egg for Christmas dinner had his life transformed by a kind woman who he met on the street.

Vicky Prendergast, 34, from West Derby in Liverpool, was walking to the shops on Wednesday when she passed Panda Chinese and Chippy and was approached by a man stood outside the takeaway.

The man, known as Dave, told Vicky how he lost his wife and son in a car crash last year and he lost his 30 year job as a lorry driver.

Dave was also starving having not eaten for two days and asked Vicky if she could spare the change to buy him a cone of chips.

Vicky said she couldn't stop thinking about the interaction and "couldn't sleep" with worry for the man.

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Kind-hearted Vicky eventually visited Dave at his home, before discovering he had no furniture or food in his cupboards and was sleeping on an old camping bed.

Hungry widower had Creme Egg for Xmas Dinner before woman turned his life aroundVicky and her partner, Lee Muirhead, collected clothes and furniture to make Dave's house a home (Vicky Prendergast)

Vicky told the Liverpool Echo : "It just goes to show you that not everybody is trying to con you, some people do have a story if you are willing to listen to them.

"Loads of people were just ignoring him when he was trying to speak, and I thought 'what's a cone of chips to me'.

"He told me he hadn't eaten in two days because he had his money sanctioned by the job centre. He only had a Creme Egg to eat on Christmas Day. I took his details and said I would bring him some food the next day. I couldn't sleep after hearing his story."

When Vicky visited the man's home on Thursday she said he had nothing in the cupboards and no furniture in the house except for an old camping bed. She decided to go on Facebook and ask people if they had any food, clothes or furniture they would be able to donate to Dave.

Hungry widower had Creme Egg for Xmas Dinner before woman turned his life aroundDave had nothing in the cupboards and no furniture in the house except for an old camping bed until Vicky helped him (Vicky Prendergast)

Her post was shared 31 times and has over 50 comment from people offering help and support.

She added: "I had loads of messages, I'm still trying to go through them all now. People were offering food, furniture, a fridge freezer, clothes and everything, we [Vicky and her partner, Lee Muirhead, 45] spent all day picking everything up for him.

"When we came with the van he couldn't stop crying, he was so genuine and grateful for everything we did for him. It really does show you how much Liverpool really does look after it's own.

Hungry widower had Creme Egg for Xmas Dinner before woman turned his life aroundVicky is a star (Vicky Prendergast)

"He has absolutely nothing and we have turned it into an actual home for him. We have more things to go and collect tomorrow."

Vicky has organised for a charity to come out and see Dave on Friday afternoon, where they will deliver him some food and discuss his next steps and help set up benefits for him. Vicky has also written down all of his qualifications and is trying to help find him a job.

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15.07.2024, 17:44 • Investigation