“I’ve just been completely overwhelmed and am so thankful for it all,” he said.

When asked what he would recommend to other pensioners that are battling loneliness, he said: “My advice is to do what I’ve done.

“Not in necessarily in the same way – but you have somehow go out and meet people.”

“I hope the message goes out that you can find a way out of loneliness.”

And we can’t agree more. All of us can fight our way out of isolation and loneliness – all you have to do is reach out to others, and you will find many willing to help!