When the pandemic hit, Dawn, a mother-of-two and soon-to-be grandmother, was in Northern Ireland visiting family. For three years, she’d been working and living in Tuscany but the travel restrictions meant she couldn’t return.
After her time in Italy, she’d always planned to move down to the South of England to live and work, but the pandemic prompted her to think about bringing this plan forward. As someone who has an ‘adventurous spirit’ and doesn’t like to sit back and wait for things to blow over, in October last year she took the leap and became a live-in housekeeper in Surrey.
She explains, “I didn’t know anyone when I moved to Surrey. So, when we started to come out of lockdown, I thought I needed to meet some new people – people I shared interests with. So I thought I’d give Rest Less a go. There’s a lot I like about the website – lots of courses I can do. However, for me, it was mostly about meeting people with similar interests.
“Rest Less wasn’t just about dating. When I signed up, I wasn’t really expecting to meet anybody in a romantic sense. I’ve been on my own for many years and I like it that way. But when I saw the dating feature, I thought, ‘Why not?’
“And as I was flicking through the profiles, Dave’s picture caught my eye. I thought he had a nice smile. So we messaged each other for a few days, then we started talking over the phone, and seven months later, here we are!”