John Ball knows what it’s like to feel lonely.
His second wife, Marie, died last year. John spent Christmas without his family or friends.
John, aged 71 from Plympton in Devon, knew that Christmas without her would be a difficult and emotional milestone.
“I knew what was coming because I’d already been through it once,” John said. His first wife, Janet, had died when she was just 44 years old.
“I knew how lonely I would feel without Marie. I didn’t want anyone to feel obliged to invite me to Christmas dinner, so I took myself away on a coach holiday to Nottingham.
“Yet simple things like watching people get off the coach in couples as I followed along by myself really brought it home how lonely I was.” More