This Morning viewers were left in tears after an 80-year-old widow called in and told how she feels 'very isolate and alone' and would give anything to just go for a walk with someone on Christmas day.
During the call-in section of the show, Margaret, from Devon, whose only child lives abroad, spoke to presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield and told how she'd love to just see one person on December 25.
'I feel very lonely and I'm just one of thousands of people in this country who want people to just be grateful to be with someone, not in bubbles - just to be with someone else - family, or just someone,' she explained. 'They're very, very lucky, and I feel very, very isolated and alone.'
'Aww 80 year Margaret. I'm in tears,' wrote one, while a second penned: 'Omg poor Margaret this has made me cry.'
This Morning viewers were left in tears when Margaret, 80, called in and told how she feels 'very isolate and alone' and would give anything to just go for a walk with someone on Christmas day. Pictured, presenters Wholly Willoughby and Phil Schofield
Taking to Twitter, one person offered: 'I'll go for a walk with Margaret. I'm actually in bits' (pictured)
Margaret also went on to say she is also grieving after losing her 16-and-a-half-year-old dog Teddy two months ago.
'I know I'm grieving, but just lately I feel like there's no purpose,' she said. 'I just need a purpose.
Holly reassured her that's 'absolutely not true,' before the show's agony aunt Deirdre went on to discuss places Margaret could go to for help.
'There's AGE UK and The Silver Line - both of them are really hot on befriending older people,' she said. 'Please get in touch with them.
'If you say you just want to meet up with someone for a walk, it's very likely AGE UK will be able to oragnise that. You can socially distance - that is allowed and within the rules, so it's within your reach Margaret.'
Margaret went on to say she is also grieving after losing her 16-and-a-half-year-old dog Teddy two months ago. Pictured, presenters Holly and Phil talking to Margaret during the phone in
It wasn't long before Twitter was inundated with offers from viewers who were keen to go on a walk with Margaret (pictured)
Phillip Schofield went on to say that beyond that, the show will ensure that somebody in Devon will take Margaret for a walk,
'I like to paint. I do a lot of painting,' explained the 80-year-old, speaking of her hobbies. 'I've got a few isolated hobbies. Very alone hobbies I call them.'
Before the segment of the show was over, presenter Josie Gibson, who lives in Bristol, had already volunteered to go for a walk with Margret on Christmas Day.
'That would be love,' said a delighted Margaret. 'Thank you everyone - your programme is my lifeline.'
And many viewers took to Twitter to not only praise the show for reaching out, but also to find out other ways in which they could contact Margaret.
'Wholesome content right there,' enthused one, while a second penned: 'I’ll go for a walk with Margaret. I’m actually in bits.'
A third commented: 'I live in Devon. Please let Margaret know I’ll come see her & she can join myself & Fly for a walk,' while a further added: 'Awww Margaret, your story brought tears to my eyes. It looks like you have loads of offers for a walking buddy coming through on twitter. I'm thrilled for you!! If I lived closer I would walk with you anytime.'
Another wrote: 'If I send you a Christmas card for Margaret can you guys pass it on to her?. I live too far away to be of any practical help, but this lady’s plea hit me in the heart.'