This Morning viewers have expressed their disappointment for pensioner Ted, who referred to as into the present to discuss spending Christmas aside from his spouse for the primary time in 68 years.
Throughout Thursday morning’s programme, Ted spoke to Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and Vanessa Feltz over the cellphone about how he feels being aside from his associate through the festive interval.
Ted, 85, defined that his spouse, Jessie, was identified with dementia and is at present being taken care of in a care residence.
Whereas he was initially capable of go to her, he hasn’t been capable of see his partner in particular person since early summer time.
‘It has been actually onerous, particularly as soon as they locked her down,’ Ted mentioned.
‘I used to be going and seeing her 5 days per week after which they locked her down and I haven’t seen her because the first week of June.’
Ted and spouse Jessie will spend Christmas aside for the primary time in 68 years (ITV/This Morning/Ted)
Holly described Ted’s ordeal as ‘heartbreaking’, earlier than he shared how he shall be spending Christmas this yr.
‘I’m going to one among my son’s on Christmas, however it’s onerous,’ he mentioned.
‘As I say, we’ve by no means been aside in 68 years, after which it’s her birthday Friday week and I can’t see her. It’s actually onerous, actually onerous.’
A number of This Morning viewers shared messages of assist for Ted on Twitter, with one particular person saying his story left them ‘bawling’.
‘Poor Ted. It’s completely heartbreaking,’ one particular person mentioned.
‘Christmas shall be very completely different for all of us this yr Ted. How very unhappy,’ one other wrote.
Another person famous that there are ‘so many’ folks on the market ‘identical to Ted’ who’re having to spend the Christmas interval separated from family members.
Sir David King, former authorities chief scientific adviser, recently advised that individuals ought to ‘isolate for between 10-12 days’ earlier than seeing aged kin at Christmas.
Professor Susan Michie of College School London added: ‘There’s a massive danger if youthful folks haven’t remoted earlier than contact with older kin.
‘If dad and mom know there are going to be susceptible folks round they need to need youngsters to self-isolate first.’
This Morning airs on weekdays at 10am on ITV.