Find love through volunteering
On Valentine's Day most people's thoughts turn
to love, and many people go online looking to find the one.
Gina Cookie and David Miller
found true love while volunteering as first aiders
with St John Ambulance. Their love story was featured in today’s
Gina and David met in February 2009 when they
both started volunteering at the Highgate
unit, after moving to London. Gina often saw David at
training courses and public events, and she asked him if he’d fancy
Gina said the qualities of a volunteer
are attractive in a partner, such as patience, eagerness
to learn and drive to go beyond the call of duty.
‘When you volunteer alongside someone you get
to see another side than the anxious, dressed-up person who turns
up on a first date,’ she said.
Gina says the volunteering experiences the two
shared are something to fondly look back on – even if it isn’t
always romantic. ‘We both vividly recall running a first aid room
with a procession of revellers,’ she recalls.
The pair have dated for four and a half years
and are getting married this summer.
Both Gina and David have a long volunteering
history together and separately. She was in involved in the
charity’s Badger and Cadet youth programmes in Leicestershire,
before relocating to London to pursue her nursing career.
David started volunteering with through the York LINKS
programmes for students in higher education. He then transferred to
his hometown unit in Watford for three years before becoming
unit manager (service delivery) in London.
The couple still values their volunteering
time together. How romantic!