It comes after the centenarian placed the lockdown, and social isolation, in the context of his late wife Pamela’s brave battle with dementia.
“My wife was in hospital for a long time – several years. One day she said to me, ‘If you didn’t come and see me, I would be very lonely’. That struck me right to the heart,” the Keighley-born veteran has now said.
They’re thought-provoking words as hospitals and care homes turn away visitors. But so, too, is Captain Tom’s experiences as a carer when Pamela first became ill. He couldn’t go shopping, visit their daughters or walk the dogs.
“I was trapped,” he wrote in his memoir Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day. His experiences are all the more reason why measures to alleviate loneliness, the hidden epidemic, are integral to all lockdown strategies.
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