Matchmakers dating service advised wheelchair user not to join – The Times

“Start your journey towards love today!” declares the Matchmakers Dating website. But not, it seems, if you are in a wheelchair.

A BBC journalist has revealed how she was reduced to tears after the dating service advised her not to take out a membership with it.

Without actually refusing her membership, Matchmakers blamed their reluctance on the fact that “others are not always open” to dating someone with a disability.

The company’s email to Lucy Webster, which was posted by her on Twitter, provoked an outpouring of sympathy for her, as well as criticism of Matchmakers.

Matchmakers immediately apologised, saying that they would welcome suggestions on how to approach disabled clients. Paula Gotch, the operations director who drafted the email, said: “I am very upset

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