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Old man who called a radio show because he was “so alone” is thrilled to be asked on as a guest

Published 22/10/2015 | 11:49

Image: Facebook BBC Radio Solent
Image: Facebook BBC Radio Solent
Image: Facebook BBC Radio Solent

An elderly man who called a BBC radio show to discuss his loneliness touched the hearts of station’s listeners so much that they begged for him to feature on the programme.

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Ninety-five-year-old Bill from Southhampton in the UK got in contact with presenter Alex Dyke on BBC’s Radio Solent to talk about his loneliness following his wife’s dementia diagnosis.

Bill revealed that he had found love with his wife Shelia late in life and the pair got married early last summer following the death of her husband.

However soon after their wedding Sheila suffered a bad fall and was moved to a nursing home where she now lives. Bill’s new wife unfortunately has dementia and remembers them as friends, which they have been for more than 30 years.

The elderly man revealed that without Sheila he feels “so alone”.

Big-hearted presenter Alex Dyke was touched by Bill’s admission and invited him to come for a coffee and speak on the BBC Breakfast Show, an invitation which was accepted by Bill.

Bill phoned BBC Radio Solent. He was upset, lonely and missing his wife.Alex decided to invite him in.We sent a cab to pick him up, have a listen to what happened next.

Posted by BBC Radio Solent on Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The radio station posted Bill’s picture and story to their Facebook page, where it has gone viral.

Since appearing on the radio, Bill has been inundated with invitations from listeners inviting him to spend Christmas with their families.

Image: Facebook BBC Radio Solent
Image: Facebook BBC Radio Solent

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