It was Stephen's idea to set up Meet 'N' Match and he was the first person to sign up. He was soon matched with Sarah and they went on a first date in November 2016. Sarah gave Stephen quite a grilling at this first meeting, asking him lots of questions and it was clear they had lots in common.
Despite the distance between them, Sarah lives in Preston and Stephen lives in St Annes, the couple began meeting up at weekends and calling each other every night to discuss their days.
Sarah said: "I was very nervous before our first date, but I liked Stephen a lot straight away. I have learned new skills since meeting him, and Meet 'N' Match have really helped me to understand how to have a relationship."
The distance has been difficult, although Stephen travels to Preston regularly for his work with React, Sarah had never travelled on public transport alone. Stephen says: “I used to travel to meet Sarah and show her the bus route to St Annes and now she can get here on her own. It was hard at first but you learn to grow with that because you know relationships aren’t straightforward."
The couple have now been dating over a year and spent a few days away over Christmas. They are now looking forward to having a summer holiday in the sun.