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This Morning Fans In Tears Over Lonely Pensioner Who Phoned For A Chat After No Interactions Since March

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This Morning Fans In Tears Over Lonely Pensioner Who Phoned For A Chat After No Interactions Since March

What's that noise? Oh, it's just the sound of our hearts breaking into a thousand little pieces after listening to a lonely old woman ringing up This Morning's call in.

Yep, the ITV show really was a tearjerker yesterday as Phillip Schofield and Alison Hammond took calls from the public only to hear on from 87-year-old Margaret, who hadn't seen another soul since all the way back in March.

Watch a clip for yourself:

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Explaining she'd simply rung "for a chat", Margaret told the TV hosts she had left hospital the day before lockdown and has been weathering the coronavirus pandemic by herself ever since.

"I got home the day before cutdown and I've been on my own ever since. I've never seen anyone since I came home - since March," she said.

She added: "I live in a very lonely area.There's only eight houses in my little area and not one neighbour's come to see me."

The pensioner said she was "delighted" to speak to someone when she got through to the hosts, who were appearing alongside Brian Conley today.

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Phil had a chat with the Doncaster local (Credit: ITV)
Phil had a chat with the Doncaster local (Credit: ITV)

"Things aren't sociable the way they were when we were young," she reflected.

Speaking to Margaret during the gut-wrenching chat, Alison, 45, siad: "She can have my phone number. I'll phone you up later - you get yourself a young friend."

Meanwhile, Phillip, 58, suggested she reach out to loved ones.

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"You're only 87 - there's still a lot to do," he said, reassuringly. "The most important thing is that you reach out. If they don't reach out to you, you reach out to your friends."

The This Morning presenters looked crestfallen at poor Margaret's situation (Credit: ITV)
The This Morning presenters looked crestfallen at poor Margaret's situation (Credit: ITV)

Taking to Twitter after the segment aired, its safe to say there were a lot more volunteers to be Margaret's friend.

"@AlisonHammond @Schofe #ThisMorning I'm sat here in tears for Margaret. I so wish I lived nearby. I know she is probably not the only elder that has had no contact and it's truly heartbreaking. How can we help??," one wrote.

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As another concurred: "Oh gosh, not one neighbour has visited this lovely lady?! Margaret my heart breaks for you. I would love to be your neighbour to check in on you for a chat. Sending you lots of happiness and wish you well #ThisMorning".

Margaret couldn't stop chatting to the pair (Credit: ITV)
Margaret couldn't stop chatting to the pair (Credit: ITV)

A third wrote: "Listening to Margaret on @ThisMorning makes me feel so upset. Hearing that she's not had anyone to talk to since the start of March is so upsetting.

"I'm so happy that @Schofe, @AlisonHammond and @RealBrianConley are able to talk to her. Thank you guys! #ThisMorning".

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: This Morning, TV News, Coronavirus, TV Entertainment, ITV

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