We were chosen by a panel of dating experts (Charly Lester, Dr Andrea Kallias, Avril Mulcahy, Matt Chappell, Purdey Miles, Rebecca Perkins and Dan Winchester) who thoroughly tested each website and carried out lots of research before choosing the winners.
We were up against some popular niche dating websites including; Christian Connection, Classic FM Romance, Matchmakers Circle, My Lovely Parent, Saga Connections, Tall Dating and Toyboy Warehouse. Both Christian Connection and Toyboy Warehouse received a highly commended recommendation in the category as the judges had found it impossible to choose between the two.
We were presented with the award by Online Dating Association Chief Executive George Kidd at a glamourous ceremony at HAC in London. The event was hosted by TV presenter Rick Edwards, who enjoyed a good bit of banter with the judges and the audience.
After the presentations we got to celebrate with a glass of wine and the chance to hob-nob with fellow dating industry professionals, including Matt Hicks from ‘I Wanna Marry Harry’, who was perhaps the most recognisable person in the room as he did look decidedly like Prince Harry in the flesh.
Our beautiful award is now safely on display in the office for all to see and shows that we really are the UK’s best specialist dating website!
We have selected three charitable organisations, which support the farming community, to be put forward to the public vote between 1st November and 30th November 2014.
The chosen one will go on to receive 10p per message that is sent between members on the Muddy Matches website for a whole week between 8th and 14th December 2014.
The shortlisted charities are:
R.A.B.I (The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) – A grant-making charity that provides confidential help to retired and working farming people in financial difficulty.
FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) – Inspiring children to learn more about food, farming and the countryside. Creating teaching resources for the indoor and outdoor classroom.
FCN (The Farming Community Network) – A UK network of volunteers from the farming community and rural churches. FCN provides a Helpline and a visiting service to farming people and families who are facing difficulties.
How to Vote
To vote for your favourite charity, head to http://www.muddymatches.co.uk/our-favourite-charity and click on the ‘Vote’ button below your chosen charity.
It’s free to vote and you do not need to be a member of www.muddymatches.co.uk to take part.
Voting will run for a month between 1st November and 30th November 2014.
Muddy Matches has been shortlisted in two categories at the new UK Dating Awards – ‘Best Special Dating Website’ and ‘Dater’s Favourite Site’.
The awards are launching this year as “The UK’s only Annual Awards Event recognising expertise across the entire Dating Industry” and have 30 different categories to honour companies and individuals.
Best Specialist Dating Website
Muddy Matches was shortlisted as one of the best specialist dating websites alongside Christian Connection, Classic FM Romance, Matchmakers Circle, My Lovely Parent, Saga Connections, Tallboy Dating and Toyboy Warehouse.
Dater’s Favourite Site
We have also been shortlisted in the category of ‘Dater’s Favourite Site’ alongside Christian Connection, Guardian Soulmates, Just Singles, Lovestruck, Mature Love, My Single Friend and Smooch.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 November, so we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed until then.
After months of planning we found ourselves in the Grand Marquee at The Country Life Fair ready to launch our new ‘Get Muddy’ app.
The Muddy Matches Stand
Our stand, complete with Muddy Matches banners, was perfectly placed opposite fishing tour organiser Charlie Brownlow from Fin Hunter UK and next to the Blue Strawberry food stand. We were also lucky enough to be near Alex Eastman and CJ Van der Westhuizen who are trustees of Victoria’s Promise, a charity set up to support young women who are living with cancer.
Throughout the day, lots of people came up to our stand to say that they had met their other half via Muddy Matches or that they knew of someone who met via the site. Most were too shy to pose for a photo, but the lovely Lexi and Harry were happy for us to share their photo.