Couple are banking on their future together
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.”
‘We might never have met if not for the foodbank’
June Warner and Jim Peloe