Santander UK has helped a customer propose to his girlfriend with the help of virtual reality and Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill.

A viral film, entitled ‘Love Virtually,’ captured the tear-jerking moment when Robin King produced a diamond ring, to his girlfriend’s total surprise, has been made into a heart-warming digital short released today titled ‘Love Virtually.’

Santander ambassador Jessica was thrilled to toast Robin and Kate’s engagement. “I was just as nervous about it as Robin. Thank goodness Kate said yes! It was such a special and moving moment, and there were a few tears shed in Sheffield’s town centre! Kate’s reaction was absolutely brilliant. It was amazing to be there as part of Robin’s unique proposal!”

“It’s still sinking in, to be honest,” says Robin. “I saw the call out from Santander while procrastinating on social media and thought ‘what a daft idea’, which is exactly why I wanted to do it.


“I knew I wanted to pop the question, but I was racking my brains to think of something really memorable and fun. I told Kate just enough of the truth to get her in the car and up to Sheffield; I said we were off to test a VR experience for Santander in return for £250. Obviously, there was a massive twist at the end, and she had absolutely no idea it was coming. We’re both thrilled with the result, and big thanks to everyone who helped arrange it. Now we just need to agree on a date.”

Kate is certainly getting a lot more than she bargained for. “I went along with Robin’s VR ploy because we needed to buy a new oven. I couldn’t believe it when I took the headset off and there was Robin with a ring, and the real Jessica Ennis-Hill! It was a surreal and amazing experience, I couldn’t be happier. And thanks to Santander we can plan an incredible honeymoon and buy that much-needed oven!”

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