Cou­ple are bank­ing on their fu­ture to­gether

Sale & Altrincham Advertiser - - BIG PICTURE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON he­len.john­son@men­media.co.uk @he­len­j83MEN

ACOU­PLE who met while vol­un­teer­ing at a food­bank have mar­ried in a Valen­tine’s Day ser­vice.

June Warner, 71, and Jim Peloe, 68, tied the knot at a tra­di­tional church cer­e­mony on Satur­day, two and a half years af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced while at a meet­ing to plan the for­ma­tion of Stret­ford Food Bank.

As they worked to­gether to help launch the now flour­ish­ing food­bank, the cou­ple re­alised they cared about each other as more than just col­leagues.

Their first date was

a trip to the cinema to watch The Rail­way Man, and Jim even­tu­ally asked June to marry him last year.

Although the cou­ple mar­ried at Jim’s church, St Ann’s in Stret­ford, Rev­erend Kate Burgess, the priest at June’s church, St Matthew’s Church in Stret­ford, also had a part in the ser­vice.

In keep­ing with tra­di­tion, June only moved into Jim’s home in Bark­way Road, Stret­ford, af­ter the wed­ding on Satur­day.

June and Jim, who also have dif­fer­ent hob­bies, be­lieve their paths might never have crossed were it not for their in­volve­ment with the food­bank.

June, who was pre­vi­ously wid­owed and has three chil­dren, said: “We go to dif­fer­ent churches and I’m a bowler and Jim is a golfer, so we might never have met if it weren’t for the food­bank

“I went away on hol­i­day with my daugh­ter and while I was away I re­alised I missed Jim as more than a col­league, and when I came home dis­cov­ered he felt the same way.

“It was a lovely wed­ding, it was cold but it didn’t rain. Ev­ery­one had a lovely day and we had col­leagues from the food­bank there.

“We knew we were get­ting mar­ried in Fe­bru­ary, so we thought, why not Valen­tine’s Day?

“The date means he can never for­get our an­niver­sary!”

Food­bank manager Paul Guest said, “I was so pleased when they an­nounced their in­ten­tions last year.

“Work­ing at the food­bank is so re­ward­ing, it’s not just about feed­ing peo­ple, it’s about com­mu­nity, bring­ing churches and com­mu­nity to­gether.

“They have cer­tainly taken this ethos lit­er­ally. We all wish them many happy years to­gether.”

Ho­tel

‘We might never have met if not for the food­bank’

June Warner and Jim Peloe

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