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A BBC Radio Station Invited An Old Listener In For A Brew Because He Was Lonely


BBC Radio Solent just won good guys of the week.

Host Alex Dyke spoke to Bill, a 95-year-old gentleman whose wife had recently gone into a nursing home, on his show on Wednesday.

Bill and Sheila had been friends for 30 years before they married. Bill told the radio host that he'd taken over the role as her carer and then they'd decided to get married. She'd had to go into a home after a fall and her dementia meant she had to be reminded when they'd gotten married. 

He said he visited her every day but that:

You've got no idea how sorry I am.


Every day is hell. I feel so alone.   

I can’t believe it. I just sit and listen to the radio and watch TV and have lots of friends, but unfortunately when you get old people don’t visit - that’s life.

You'd be a sociopath if you didn't feel for the guy. 

Alex Dyke felt the same and ordered a cab for Bill immediately to bring him in for a cuppa.  

The two got on well and Bill has been inundated with offers to hang out with people. Broadcast assistant Chris Hitchings said Bill was "such a nice guy and was lovely."

Faith in humanity restored.


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




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