Sometimes all it takes to get people to reach out to you and offer comfort is to reach out to them, and that’s exactly what happened in the case of a 95-year-old British man who took to the airwaves one morning to admit how lonely he felt.
Bill Palmer married his wife Sheila, 85, in 2014 after 30 years of friendship. Sadly, shortly thereafter, she suffered a bad fall and was sent to live in a nursing home after a stint in the hospital. Though he goes to visit his wife every day, he admitted on his favorite morning radio show, the Alex Dyke show on BBC Radio Solent, just how lonely he really felt.
A lonely, elderly gentleman’s phone call to a radio station turned him into a star, and put a youthful smile on his...Posted by David Love on Thursday, October 22, 2015
A lonely, elderly gentleman’s phone call to a radio station turned him into a star, and put a youthful smile on his...
“I 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,” he said on the show. But after he opened up, the community eagerly reached out to him. Alex Dyke offered to have him down to the studio, an offer Palmer graciously accepted, and immediately sent a taxi to pick the man up.
Once Palmer arrived, Dyke gave him a hug and set him up on the air so Palmer could chat with the community on the radio show he listens to every morning. Listeners called in to offer advice and an astonishing number of invites to everything from Sunday lunches to having a ukulele orchestra play for him rolled in.
Though the nonagenarian turned down all the generous offers, he told one caller, “I didn’t know such kindness existed.”