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Lucy Alexander, 50, has responded to journalist Lucy Webster, who was left “crying” after a dating service said they could not accommodate her. Company Matchmakers Dating is said to have informed the potential client, that due to their disability they would not be able to accept her application, as “others are not always open” to going out with someone who is a wheelchair user. In a statement provided by Matchmakers Dating, they apologised for any offence caused.
Love is love
They said: “We believe that everyone is entitled to date and to find love and we do welcome people living with various disabilities to our membership, including other wheelchair users.
“We deeply regret any offence that we may have caused in trying to be open and honest about the challenges before potentially taking a significant fee.”
After seeing the Tweet, Lucy re-shared the post and tagged in outspoken Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, as she asked him to grill Matchmakers Dating on air.
Lucy wrote: “So I’m hoping @piersmorgan is going to interview ‘the dating service’ on @GMB… I’d love to hear their response?
“Speechless. Saddened. Love is love,” she added.
Piers has not yet responded to Lucy’s tweet.
The original post from Lucy Webster explained how she had cried “for an hour”, after seemingly being rejected because she used a wheelchair.
Included with the tweet was a screenshot of a message, believed to be from the matchmaking site, which read: “We are not a specialist agency and our experience of disabled dating is limited.
“We have provided our service to clients living with various disabilities and feel it only right to be transparent with you before offering a membership.
“Regretfully, others are not always open to dating someone living with your disability and may decline to go forward with a match when offered.”
The email in question also claimed it had been “challenging” to match wheelchair users with prospective matches in the past.
Underneath the post came a flurry of responses from people who weighed in on the matter.
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One said: “That’s appalling, you want to tell them that they are breaking the law.”
However, the dating service explained they “prefer to be transparent” so prospective members can make their own decisions.
They wrote on Twitter: “We do not discriminate. We always advise our prospective members that some memberships are more or less challenging than others.
“We prefer to be transparent about this before taking any money from our members. The choice is then theirs.”
Meanwhile, others living with disabilities were left confused by this defence, as one questioned: “So does that mean whoever wrote that thinks we are charity cases or can only date other disabled people?”
Another commented: “I’m so sorry this happened to you. I can’t imagine how upset you must be. I don’t want to offer meaningless platitudes or patronise you – I’m sure you know in your heart that you are worthy of love and that this is grade A bullsh*t but that doesn’t make it hurt any less.”
Lucy’s daughter, Kitty Alexander, 18, has been a wheelchair user since contracting a childhood illness which left her paralysed.
Elsewhere, Piers recently said he’d been subject to internal complaints from ITV colleagues over claims of “ableism”, after he argued that able-bodied Hollywood actors should be able to play disabled parts in TV shows and films.
He said to The Sun: “I was accused of being ableist because I believe that the best way to advance the rights of disabled people in the entertainment world is not to automatically give all disabled roles to disabled people.
“Otherwise we would never have had Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July, or Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot or Tom Hanks in Philadelphia.
“Huge box office stars shine a light on these things, which then does immeasurably good for all the causes…
“It just seems to me just pointless virtue signalling and it probably wouldn’t work because you’re then reliant on actors in most cases that people have never heard of launching a film like, you know, Philadelphia.”
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