SOUTHHAMPTON, England — A lonely 95-year-old man named Bill called into a local BBC morning radio show last week.
He wanted to share his story on the "Alex Dyke Show," that has a Love Later in Life segment. Bill married his wife in June 2014 after knowing her for 30 years, he told Dyke, who, unfortunately, is in a nursing home now after being injured during a fall.
"He called up to say he was lonely, and he missed (his wife)," producer Chris Hitchings told BuzzFeed News. "I don't think he had anyone else to talk to."
"Every day is hell," Bill said on the program. "(But) I go to see her every day. And she's so happy when I'm with her."
Bill said he has a son that calls every night, but he doesn't have any friends that come to see him.
"I wish there was something I could do," Dyke told Bill.
"Alex, just talking to you has made a difference," Bill said.
Dyke decided to do more than just talk and invited Bill to come in via a taxi to have coffee and doughnuts.
Bill was whisked into the radio station the next day where he was greeted by Dyke first with a handshake and then with a hug. He was shocked to learn that his story had touched a lot of listeners, who wrote into the show to show their support. He said that while he has a lot of friends, "unfortunately when you get old, people don't come and visit. And that's life."
"People care, Bill," Dyke said. "You may sometimes feel alone, but there are obviously a lot of people out there listening who don't even know you but really care about you."
Bill's guest appearance was a huge hit with listeners, who kept calling in to chat with the "star of the show." To listen to the full segment, visit bbc.co.uk.