Angela and Leslie's story
About a year ago I was searching through the Yours Dating members and saw a profile from a man in Gainsborough. He sounded very nice: a caring family and home-orientated man - normal, was what struck me most! He was very much my kind of partner.AngelaI decided to pay for another month's membership so I could contact him. It was the best £11 I have spent! We emailed each other for a while, then plucked up courage to phone each other, and we eventually met up in Newark for a meal. Because it all felt very natural and easy being together, I invited him back for a cup of tea afterwards. From then on we spent time visiting each other at home on a regular basis until we finally decided to live together at his house. I moved in with him just after Christmas, and retired from my job so we could spend time together. We bought a caravan and a new car and are now beginning a whole new life together. We have a busy family life with our children and grandchildren and it couldn't be better. Both of us had been widowed and left alone, imagining it was the end when actually it was just the beginning of something new. I would certainly recommend the site to anyone who might be lonely, whatever their circumstances. I enclose a photo of us toasting in the New Year together - hopefully the first of many more. I hope this story encourages others not to give up on love - there is someone out there for all of us.
Martin and Mary's story
Before I met Martin I'd been by myself for 14 years. I'd been married twice before and at the beginning I enjoyed my independence but the novelty soon wore off. As I got older I didn't like being alone and wanted to find someone to share my life with. I tried a few dating websites and personal ads but never seemed to find anyone who wanted the same things as me. I'd almost given up hope but then saw an ad for Friends of Yours in Yours magazine and thought I'd give it a go. It was very easy to use; I liked the fact I didn't have to send anything off in the post. I uploaded a picture and wrote my profile and it was instant - I could go on it straight away. Then I spotted Martin - his photo was nice and from what he'd written he seemed to have the same values and beliefs as me. I emailed him and we chatted online - he really seemed genuine and kind. Then we started talking on the phone - we chatted for hours. We had lots in common - we both spoke German, we liked travelling and neither of us wanted to be alone. The first time we met was a bit nerve-wracking but as silly as it sounds it was like we'd known each other for years. Since then we've been seeing each other every weekend. I live in Shrewsbury and Martin lives a two-hour drive away in Chesterfield, but he's so kind he always drives to see me. I never thought I'd find anyone like Martin and when we decided to get engaged it was the icing on the cake - I'm thrilled to bits! I keep thinking that this is all a fantastic dream, where I've met a lovely man and soon I'm going to wake up. I can honestly say I wouldn't have met Martin if it wasn't for Yours. I'm so glad I went on the website!Mary (69) from Shrewsbury
My wife sadly passed away last July. After a few months alone I decided I couldn’t go on grieving and feeling lonely so I decided to try online dating. Before I met Mary I’d been in contact with a few other women but it didn’t work out. Mary and I emailed each other and she seemed so nice I gave her my phone number. As soon as we spoke on the phone I really liked the sound of her voice and when we chatted it was incredibly comfortable and easy.Martin (68) from ChesterfieldThen we arranged to meet and I thought I'd buy Mary a gift. I bought perfume and a Katie Melua CD because she’d told me she liked her music. We had a lovely time together – we just seemed to click. The following week I invited her to stay at mine for a whole week. We had a great time: I took her around my local area, we went shopping and walking in the countryside. It was lovely to have someone to share things with again. After more calls and meetings we decided we wanted to be together. One day we were talking about the future and Mary said: ‘When you put a ring on my finger I’ll know you’re serious.’ So I did! We hope to get married in two years’ time when I retire so we can be together.