BBC radio station invites 95-year-old caller who 'missed his wife' for coffee

Bill's wife was taken into a nursing home after suffering a severe fall

Victoria Richards
Thursday 22 October 2015 11:51 BST
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On hearing his story, the radio station organised to pick Bill up and bring him to the studio
On hearing his story, the radio station organised to pick Bill up and bring him to the studio (BBC Radio Solent/Facebook)

A local radio station might just be first in line for a Good Samaritan award after inviting a pensioner into the studio for coffee because he was feeling lonely.

95-year-old 'Bill' from Southampton called BBC Radio Solent during Alex Dyke's mid-morning show last week, after his wife was taken into a nursing home.

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 pair had been friends for 30 years before they wed last year, and Bill admitted he was "missing her" following her admission to the home after a bad fall. He said that he visited her every day, BuzzFeed reported.

On hearing his story, the team organised for a taxi to pick Bill up and bring him to the studio - where he became an honorary 'special guest' and even fielded calls from smitten listeners.

The show's producer Chris Hitchings told BuzzFeed News: "He called up to say he was lonely and he missed [his wife]. I don’t think he had anyone else to talk to. He's such a nice guy and was lovely."

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