A man from Abingdon opened his front door to see celebrity footballer David Beckham standing on his front garden.

David Roberts, 70, was nominated by charity Age Concern to receive a surprise visit from a 'high profile celebrity' yesterday.

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He was originally told the mystery celebrity would call him at 10.15am, but instead was treated to David Beckham in the flesh - observing social distancing.

Mr Roberts said he was 'amazed' to see the footballer.

He said: "David was at my door right on time. All I could think to say was hello, how are you?

"He is a lovely guy, we chatted about what will happen to this season’s football, and Manchester Utd and also me being a Liverpool supporter.

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"He also gave a goody bag to me and my family."

Mr Roberts lives at home with his wife and his 33-year-old son who have looked after him as he battled with cancer. They both enjoyed the experience too.

He added: "I think the visit was as much for them as me because they have cared for me since I had a cancer operation in December, which I have been battling, with the help and support of family and friends (who include neighbours and work colleagues) for three years."

Laurie Boult, Fundraising Director at Age UK, said: “We are delighted that David Beckham is supporting Age UK’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal to help older people in need during this exceptionally challenging time.

“As well as helping to raise awareness of the Charity’s work and emergency fundraising appeal, David and his family generously volunteered their time to accompany their local Age UK to help deliver care packages for older people at a safe distance. Their support has also hugely boosted morale and raised spirits during this challenging time.

“Age UK is determined to be there for older people who need our help and especially for those who have no one else to turn to in this time of crisis. Demand for our vital services have increased rapidly during this unprecedented health emergency.

"We are urging everybody who can to help Age UK keep its Information & Advice and friendship services running and help local Age UKs provide practical support in their communities by donating at www.ageuk.org.uk/coronaappeal.”