When the Virgin founder first heard about the Channel 4 show on which Spark Of Love participates, he was concerned it was going to exploit disabled people, including one of its contributors and his good friend Daniella.
But having watched her episode of The Undateables, in which Spark Of Love meets their client, 27-year-old nursery manager Daniella, and arranges her first ever date – with IT consultant Guy – Sir Richard Branson’s concerns were unfounded.
Sir Richard Branson’s family has been friends with Daniella’s for many years and he had this to say about her: “She is kind, loveable, independent and outgoing. However, she has never been able to find the right partner. Daniella has Apert syndrome, a rare genetic condition that means she was born with the bones in her hands, feet and skull fused together. She feels her appearance has held her back in being confident enough to date.”
Like Sir Richard Branson, the Spark Of Love team thinks that everyone should have the opportunity to find and experience a loving relationship.
Over the course of filming we met some lovely contributors who took the courageous decision to allow The Undateables' cameras into their lives in the hope of making a love connection. We, and all the viewers, wish them all well.