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For fun, friendship and maybe even romance!


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Want to share your story?

We are contacted on a regular basis by journalists who write for a variety of magazines who are keen to share the story of a couple who started out as penpals before getting into a relationship. We started out on the internet in 1999 and since then we have had many of our members meeting up with each other and setting up home together. The first couple we know of who ended up getting married, with an American lady marrying a guy in the US Air Force in 2001. They had their first child in 2003 and now live happily in New York State. They were the first of many which is why we are the first stop for journalists looking for similar stories to share with their readers.

 

British Penpals in women's magazines

 

If you have a story to share, let us know and we will give your  details to one of our contacts. The normal process is for the journalist to interview you and arrange for photographs to be taken to feature in the story, with fees often paid.

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Are you in a Long Distance Relationship?

Long Distance Relationships (LDR’s) are increasing in popularity due to the impact of the internet and in today’s world, online dating is more popular than ever which means a relationship between two people who live miles apart can flourish with a simple click. There are now millions of different ways to communicate with one another so those relationships can feel as real as if you lived on the same street.

Long Distance Relationships, LDR's

The craze of LDR’s is such that we have been contacted by Electric Ray who are keen to produce a documentary on the subject. If you are in a long distance relationship you may be interested in what they had to say when they contacted us:

“I don’t know if you have heard about the internet craze of long distance relationships aka ‘LDRs’ – couples meet online and document their relationship, Skype chats, texts and then they get a friend to film their first meeting – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4BuH4_-Fys

Electric Ray which is part of Sony Entertainment are developing a new documentary series for a major broadcaster in the UK and are looking for couples who are in a LDR that have yet to meet face to face. Only one person needs to be based in the UK and the other person in the relationship can be anywhere in the world.

They want people to get in touch who would be happy for the documentary to follow their journey as a couple so far and then to film with them in the run up and over their first meeting. At this very early stage there is no obligation or commitment to take part in any filming, we are just making research calls to potentially interested couples at this point.”

If you are in an LDR and are interested in speaking to them let us know and we will put you in touch – you could be going from email to youtube to TV!


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Have you got a Prison Penpal?

We have recently been contacted by Paramount Home Media who are looking for couple who have been penpals before striking up a romance. Do you fit the bill for what they are looking for?

 Kate Winslett, Josh Brolin, Labor Day

“I’m contacting you on behalf of Paramount Home Media with a proposition –  we are working on the DVD release of the film Labor Day, which stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin and is released on Blu-ray and DVD in early August. I’ve attached a press release.
The film centers around a romance between Kate’s character ‘Adele’ and Josh’s character ‘Frank’ – a convict who has escaped from prison over the Labor Day weekend. He is recaptured, but neither of them ever forget the encounter and are reunited on his eventual release.
To secure publicity for the DVD release in the UK we are looking for real life case-studies of couples who have struck up a romance while one party was in prison. We would need these couple(s) to be willing to provide their names and photographs and to be interviewed by members of the press (websites, magazines or newspapers).”

 

If you are interested in speaking to them, let us know and we will put you in touch!


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Feedback from British Penpals members

British Penpals was set up for people to have fun, make friends and maybe even find romance through our site. Here are just a few of the success stories we can tell you about:

March 2009: e-mail from Timothy
“Thanks to your website I have found my soul mate and we plan on marrying in October”

February 2009: e-mail from Bradley
I would like to cancel my membership.  It has served it’s purpose.  I’ve met 
and married a stunning woman who contacted me via your site.  Thank you

Michael:
‘Joining British Penpals was a great idea of mine (I don’t get many), and because of it I have made many new friends with similar interests to my own. Thank you so much”

Sarah:

“I was recently a member of your web site, but I decided to leave after not receiving much response. I jumped the gun!!!! I couldn’t have been more wrong and have now met some lovely people, it just took them a while to respond. I was wondering if it was possible for me to rejoin your site? Please let me know if that is the case and whether I would just follow the same joining procedure as first timers?”

June 2008: e-mail from Louise
“I just wanted to say that it is thanks to this website that I met my partner. We started to write to each other whilst he was in Afghanistan, we wrote for 7 months and we met each other when he came home. We have now been with other for over a year and we are planning our long term future together. I never dreamt that I would find the love of my life on this site but it is thanks to you that we found each other.”


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Want your profile on www.britishpenpals.co.uk ?

We give free membership to British Penpals to all military personnel and to join all they need to do is fill in the form at:

http://www.britishpenpals.co.uk/militaryoffer.html

If you are not in the military but would like to add your profile to the site all you need to do is send us the following information:

1) Your name and date of birth

2) Where you are from  – country, state, town

3) A 30 word ad about yourself

4) Whether you would like our members to make initial contact with you via e-mail, ordinarly post or either. (we will need your full address if you are happy for people to write letters to you – we find most members prefer initial contact to be made via e-mail)

Send the above to us at joining@britishpenpals.co.uk  Head your e-mail “Free profile -blog” and we will do the rest.