Sometimes the best cure for a bout of loneliness is simple: Invite someone to have coffee with you.
A BBC radio station is warming hearts across the Internet after they invited an elderly listener to their mid-morning show after he called saying he felt lonely.
During BBC Radio Solent‘s Wednesday broadcast, host Alex Dyke took a call from a longtime fan of the show, 95-year-old Bill, who was missing his wife after she’d gone into a nursing home.
Bill’s wife was recently admitted to the hospital after she had a severe fall. The pair had been friends for over 30 years and got married last year. After the fall, care for Bill’s wife became more than he could give, so she was sent to a nursing home where he visits her every day.
— BBC Radio Solent (@BBCRadioSolent) October 22, 2015
“He called up to say he was lonely and he missed [his wife],” broadcast assistant Chris Hitchings told BuzzFeed. “I don’t think he had anyone else to talk to.”
Dyke was really moved by Bill’s heartwarming story, so he and the radio team ordered a taxi for the old man to travel to the studio to join them for a cup of coffee.
When Bill came into the studio, Dyke greeted him with a hug. The man instantly “became the star of the show” and many of the show’s regular listeners called in nonstop for a chance to talk to the special guest.
“He’s such a nice guy and was lovely,” Hitchings says.
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) October 22, 2015