Pensioner tells radio DJ of his loneliness

Bill Palmer, a 95 year old pensioner from Southampton, called a BBC Radio DJ because he was lonely and wanted a chat. Since this, Bill has become inundated with offers of support from thousands of listeners. 

Mr Palmer called the Alex Dyke show on BBC Radio Solent during a show about loneliness and described how 'every day is hell' being on his own. Bill's wife Sheila, who is 85 and has dementia and colitis, has been moved to a nursing home following a fall and hospital visit. 

Mr Palmer, who married his wife last year after 30 years of friendship, said he visits his wife every day but added 'Everyday is hell. I feel so alone'. 

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How can I get involved?

Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone. Two fifths of all elderly people (about 3.9 million) say the TV is their main company. 

There are many ways you can get involved to help reduce loneliness in elderly people. Here is just a couple...

Age UK Befriending Service 

Age UK offer a befriending service to help combat loneliness in later life. 

Bisto Spare Chair Sunday 

The Bisto Together Project and national charity Contact the Elderly have joined forces to create Spare Chair Sunday

A project that allows people to offer up a spare chair at their Sunday Lunch to an older person who would otherwise be eating alone.