Dan Walker: ‘Cry myself to sleep’ BBC Breakfast host speaks out on emotional moment

Dan Walker, 43, spoke candidly about the heartfelt moment carer Kia, at Thistleton Lodge presented an elderly man named Ken with a photo of his late wife. The clip which has been shared on Twitter and viewed over 3.9 million times was “too much” for the BBC Breakfast host.

In view of his 639,000 Twitter followers, Dan shared the video and wrote: “Dear me… this is too much. What a beautiful reaction from Ken. I’m off to cry myself to sleep.”

In the clip, viewers can see Kia holding a pillow to her chest as she revealed she had got Ken a present.

He asked: “What’s that darling?” as his carer turned the pillow around and presented it to him.

A stunned Ken took the pillow from her and before he burst into tears.


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The pillowcase had a picture of his late wife printed on the face of the cushion.

It comes as the carers at the home noticed that Ken had slept with a photo of his late wife each night.

Fans flocked to comment on Dan’s tweet, which received over 2,000 likes.

One person commented: “What a thoughtful, beautiful gift for a lovely gentleman.”

Another person said: “There’s just no point putting mascara on these days!”

While a third person added: “@mrdanwalker Get them on @BBCBreakfast.”

In a follow-up tweet Dan revealed that Kia and Ken would be speaking on BBC Breakfast today following the viral video.

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She revealed that Dan will be joining her for an indoor charity bike ride to raise money for projects in the UK.

In view of her 182,000 Twitter followers, Louise shared a snap of Dan on his bike.

She penned: “Great news that @mrdanwalker is going to join me from home for #TheBigBikeIn and I am hoping for his sake he can find a better bike than this! I am going to donate £1 for every mile he manages on the night. Good luck Dan it is going to be fun.”

A social media user quizzed: “Why the helmet if in doors?”


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To which Dan replied: “Safety first,” with a laughing face emoji.

His colleague Sally Nugent joked: “Never mind the cardigan that bike has got antlers.”

Dan also posted the news to social media and wrote: “You say ‘fun’ Louise.

“I shall be spending much of Friday, Saturday & Sunday walking like a Thunderbird and I don’t imagine I’ll sit down on the toilet for about a week.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays on BBC One at 6am.

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