WATCH: North East's Audrey turns loneliness to happiness

Audrey. Picture: Independent Age/YouTube.
Audrey. Picture: Independent Age/YouTube.

A video sharing the story of how a North East pensioner's life transformed has had more than 5,000 views.

Released by charity Independent Age, the short films tells the story of 70-year-old Audrey, who spent years as a carer for her family.

After her brother, husband and son passed away when she was 50, Audrey was alone for 20 years with only her dogs for company.

But after Sue, a volunteer for the charity, came into her life - everything changed.

Speaking in the video, Audrey said: "I was there for all of them, but who is there for me?

"Weeks and days could go by and I wouldn't see anybody, especially in the winter - it was just me and the dogs."

Audrey describes how for years, especially at Christmas, she would be going through the motions with nothing to look forward to. She would put up the Christmas lights because she felt she had to, before eventually stopping altogether.

But then, on the advice of Sue, she attended a coffee morning run by the charity. This was a turning point.

Now, the pensioner is an active member of her community.

Audrey, who hailed the coffee morning as the start of the change, added: "For the first time in 20 years, I actually laughed and had a smile."

Have you watched Audrey's video yet? For more information about Independent Age, click here.