Bob is 92 and an ambassador of the Silver Line. Bob believes “Silver Line’s not only a Silver Line but a life line. When I wake in the middle of the night you can’t ring the family but you can pick up the phone and talk to somebody.”
His wife, Kath, died 3 years ago. They met when they were teenagers and while Bob was serving abroad during the war he wrote and asked Kath to marry him.
They got married in 1946 and Bob says “Family life in those days was a happy life. I remember one occasion we were in bed cuddling as one does and she said “Ooo aren’t your legs hairy” and I said “no I’ve still got my socks on.”
The years passed and children and grandchildren followed.
But sadly Kath was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease and “the bottom dropped out of my world then.” Bob nursed her at home until the end. When she died he was devastated. “It was impossible to say goodbye or I love you anymore.”
For 65 years they were together all the time and now at 92 Bob lives on his own with no one to ask for a cup of tea or a slice of cake “and that’s when you realise you’re alone”
Bob's fantastic story was featured on sports relief and is advocate that the Silver Line changes lives by tackling the everyday issue of loneliness.