When Police came into contact with Francis Tracey last year, they were saddened by the fact that Mr Tracey had no food at his home and also had no electricity in his property.
At the time, Officers shared the sad story on social media.
The result was that community members gathered together and put into action a plan that would help Mr Tracey to get himself back on his feet.
A spokesperson for Birmingham Police said:
“Last year, we told you about Francis Tracey, an elderly man from Stetchford who we found at home with no food or electricity.
“Since we told you about him, we’ve recieved hundreds of donations and recently went round to surprise him with them”.
When Officers first found Mr Tracey, they also donated some clothes to him so that he could start to feel ‘more human’ again.
The support that Officers have offered to Mr Tracey shows community policing at it’s finest.
A spokesperson for the team who dealt with Mr Tracey continued:
“We had an outpouring of love and support for Mr Tracey and we wanted to update you on his condition.
“Since our post, hundreds of you got in touch offering support to Francis… and one member of the public
“Last week, Nicola Harwood from Sheldon, came to the police station with a ‘small’ donation for him. Along with members of her community, they donated box upon box of food supplies, cleaning products and personal hygiene gifts.
“After weeks in an assessment care home, Francis is now back in his own home – so today (25 Jan) we delivered these generous gifts.
“He is now doing really well and is receiving lots of support; he has had an electricity meter fitted in his house and he’s currently waiting for his hearing aids to be fitted.
“And he’s also been reunited with his beloved dog, Ben!”
PC King from Stechford Police, said:
“We are staggered by the generosity of the public. Mr Tracey captured our hearts the minute we met him and knew we wanted to do something to help him, but the fact that so many people have reached out to us since is incredible.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to Nicola and her community for this very generous donation, which Mr Tracey was overwhelmed by… and he now has enough supplies to keep him going for months!”
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