I'm Kellie, and welcome to Find A Real Friend.
I'd like to tell you a little about why the site was set up.
At 18, I began training as a nurse. I lived in the nurses home so I had a great social life! After qualifying I continued to work full-time at the hospital but shortly after having my second child, I became a single mum and the shift work made child care an impossibility. So, I left my job in the NHS and set up my own business selling Sewing Supplies online. Working from home enabled me to be a full time mum and run a full-time business. After all, who needs to sleep? When my boys were in their last years at primary school we moved into a small village in Lincolnshire. The school was 4 miles away, so the children were collected by bus, meaning I rarely had to visit the school.
Having moved a reasonable distance away from my child hood home, I lost touch with many of my friends. Being out of the work environment, and rarely having to visit the school meant I didn’t really see many people, and didn’t get the opportunity to make new friends.
My children and business consumed so much time, having a social life really wasn’t an option, so it didn’t cause a problem! Once my sons grew up and could drive, I was no-longer required to taxi them around. I suddenly had so much more time to myself, and I realised I had so very few people in my life to spend it with. I had always been a very sociable, friendly person, but I had gradually become more and more isolated, without even realising it was happening.
As I was single the obvious choice to get back into the world was to find myself a fella! With a lack of single friends to go out with, I decided to try the dating sites, but choosing to chat to a man over the internet, and meet up, simply from a blurry photo and a brief CV just wasn’t for me! I preferred the old method of going out to pubs and clubs, but that wasn’t something I could do alone! Not one to give up, I contacted other local women on the dating site, asking them if they would like to get together for meet ups, and night outs! I had thought I might be perceived as a little strange and was ready for rejection but instead I received an amazing response, and was flooded with replies. It seems I wasn’t the only one who was struggling to meet like minded ladies, and so our meets and night outs began!
These meet-ups resulted in some amazing friendships, and quickly the emphasis of finding a man shifted to simply enjoying time with my new found friends. We regularly pop around to each others homes, and go out weekly for good food and good company.
I was contacted by many women who expressed their disappointment that they lived too far away to join our group. This made me realise there were women all over the country who would relish the opportunity to make friends, and so the Find a Real Friend Site was born.