FareShare volunteers find love over food

14th February 2018

Denise and Barry from Bristol have become engaged – just in time for Valentine’s Day.

FareShare Food Heroes Denise Dale (56) and Barry Coles (55) are our first known volunteer weds-to-be. The couple met three years ago while volunteering at FareShare South West, and have been inseparable ever since.

Full time carer Denise has been a volunteer at FareShare South West for six years. She picks, packs and sorts the food orders in the warehouse ready for them to go out to vulnerable people. Barry is a volunteer van driver for FareShare and delivers the food to local charities and community groups that then make nutritious meals for local people in need.

“The work that Fareshare does is brilliant and I have learnt a lot, even gaining an NVQ in Warehousing and Storage. Finding love has been a bonus, so who knows what volunteering could lead to and for anyone,” says Denise.

Barry asked Denise to marry him unexpectedly over a drink at their local pub – and happily Denise said yes! The lovebirds celebrated the good news with family and friends over dinner, and are due to be married in June 2020.

Feeling inspired? If you would like to be a Food Hero and volunteer at your local FareShare, please visit http://fareshare.org.uk/select-your-centre/


“I would recommend volunteering at FareShare to anyone. I really enjoy coming into the warehouse a few times a week as it gets me out of the house and everybody is really friendly.”

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30th July 2018

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