John Wyatt, 90, ran The Cherry Tree in Temple Meads, Bristol, for 28 years until he retired at the age of 64. He missed the company that running a pub gave him, and after his wife Joan died in March 2013 was alone.
Today he enjoys a weekly phone call from his Support & Care befriender, and says that having a friendly person call him regularly is “marvellous”:
“If I’m down in the dumps it bucks me up a bit – it is nice to know someone at the end of the line is thinking of me”.
John’s story is not unusual in the industry, with research revealing that almost 4,500 people who have worked in the licensed drinks trade have identified themselves as “socially isolated”. We encourage licensees to think of former colleagues and friends who may be alone, and to put them in touch with us.