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Denise Welch has broken down in tears on Loose Women as she spoke about her heartache at her beloved dad being in hospital.

The ITV show panellist was part of a discussion on Thursday's show about technology alienating the elderly during lockdown, when many people have been forced to stay in touch with family and friends via video calls and online messages.

Explaining her own family's struggles, Denise began: "My dad has really struggled in lockdown like many people after being such a social person and has been really, really poorly.

"As his health has declined over this last year he has really struggled with not being able to have people round to the house to do certain things as regards banking and things like that."

The emotion of the tough situation became too much for Denise, 62, and she choked up with tears as she said: "My dad actually is in…is in hospital in Newcastle and I just want to say I love you, Dad.

"Sorry, honestly…"

Denise had to stop speaking for a while as she tried to control her tears.

The actor and TV star is originally from Tynemouth but now lives in Cheshire, far away from where her dad Vin is in hospital.

Loose Women host Kaye Adams told her: "We know how special your dad is to you."

Denise explained: "It's just been really, really tough, but all of these things have just added to the fact that he can't understand…the technology is just going at such a rate, I can't keep up with it. I can't bear it any more."

She also spoke about how difficult she had found it getting so many messages on an app recently to confirm a lunch booking she had made at a restaurant and said she missed being able to just make a reservation over the phone or in person.

The Loose Women discussion about technology and the elderly was sparked by a story about a 79-year-old Wetherspoons customer who was left without being served until a younger customer ordered his drink for him as he didn't have access to the pub chain's app.

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