'Undateable' Kate finds her new man

All you need is love: Simon Macgregor and Kate Brackley are still in a relationship after being paired on TV. Picture: PHIL LOACH. 031312L.

All you need is love: Simon Macgregor and Kate Brackley are still in a relationship after being paired on TV. Picture: PHIL LOACH. 031312L. Buy this photo

First published in News
Last updated
Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A DISABLED Kidderminster worker who found love on a reality TV programme says the experience has “changed” her life.

Kate Brackley, 30, who has Down’s syndrome and works at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, Green Street, was paired with 32-year-old Simon Macgregor on Channel 4’s The Undateables.

Filming took place last summer and the programme was shown on Tuesday night.

Miss Brackley applied for the show through Stars in the Sky, a dating service for adults with learning disabilities, based at Our Way Self Advocacy, Church Street, Kidderminster, and watched the show with Mr Macgregor and more than 30 friends and family.

In the programme, Miss Brackley, who writes love poetry, said she “longed for a husband”.

She told The Shuttle: “We are arranging to meet again – we are getting on really well and will see how it goes from here.

“The show has given me a lot of confidence to get on with my life and I have a whole new set of skills.”

She said the programme’s title was controversial but the show did help counter stereotypes that people with disabilities could not or should not date.

“I did not really like the title because I want to be seen as dateable,” added Miss Brackley. “Disabled people want to be treated in the same way as everybody else and included in society and dating.”

Miss Brackley, who lives in Droitwich, was diagnosed at birth with her condition. It leads to characteristic, physical and intellectual problems due to the person inheriting an extra copy of a chromosome but she said it had “never held me back”.

“I have so many positive things in my life,” she added. “A steady job, a home of my own and now Simon.”

Rachel Fernihough, Our Way development worker, said: “Kate is so charismatic, full of life and is such an exciting and lovely person.

“Everyone has the right to love and often society excludes people for many different reasons but this programme shows these people really are dateable and they do find love and happiness.”

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:58pm Thu 24 Jan 13

1downsie says...

Kate I saw you on the programme and thought how lovely you are. I'm so glad you have found someone and are happy. I totally agree its not the right name for the programme X
Kate I saw you on the programme and thought how lovely you are. I'm so glad you have found someone and are happy. I totally agree its not the right name for the programme X 1downsie
  • Score: 0

7:49pm Thu 24 Jan 13

poetesslaureate says...

I agree too, it's not a very good name for the programme Kate but I am so glad your story has a happy ending. Well done to all who work so hard to make such things possible.
I agree too, it's not a very good name for the programme Kate but I am so glad your story has a happy ending. Well done to all who work so hard to make such things possible. poetesslaureate
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Natalina says...

An absolute true picture of the fantastic work Stars in the Sky do, keep up the good work and I know the members really appreciate your input
An absolute true picture of the fantastic work Stars in the Sky do, keep up the good work and I know the members really appreciate your input Natalina
  • Score: 0

11:54am Mon 28 Jan 13

anon500 says...

Start in The Sky do an invaluable service in improving the lives of people with learning disabilities in looking for friendship and/or love.

Well done for all there hard work and Congratulations to Kate & Simon.
Start in The Sky do an invaluable service in improving the lives of people with learning disabilities in looking for friendship and/or love. Well done for all there hard work and Congratulations to Kate & Simon. anon500
  • Score: 0

11:56am Mon 28 Jan 13

anon500 says...

Start in The Sky do an invaluable service in improving the lives of people with learning disabilities in looking for friendship and/or love.

Well done for all there hard work and Congratulations to Kate & Simon.
Start in The Sky do an invaluable service in improving the lives of people with learning disabilities in looking for friendship and/or love. Well done for all there hard work and Congratulations to Kate & Simon. anon500
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree