Grandmother goes online after winning tablet

A grandmother from Doddington is delighted she can keep in touch with her scattered family using the tablet she won from Connecting Cambridgeshire during Get Online Week.

Aged 68, Morag Whitton is learning to be a silver surfer having recently joined her local internet group, which meets weekly at The George village pub, Doddington and is run by digital volunteers.

As well as chatting to her grandchildren on Facebook, she is planning to use the tablet to do her banking and book doctors appointments online.

Morag said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won a new tablet. My husband uses the computer but I am not very good at it so this is an opportunity for me to learn with the help of my local group – and my grandchildren!morag using prize

“It’s great for me to be able to do things online because it means I can live in a rural village and don’t have to travel as I use a buggy, which makes it more difficult to get out.”

Digital volunteer, Vicky McDougall, who runs the thriving Doddington internet group with the support of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Learning Services, said: “Being able to get online has opened up a whole new world for our group, especially older people, and we have a lot of fun learning together.”

Connecting Cambridgeshire marked national Get Online Week in October with a bus tour of Fenland market towns to highlight the arrival of superfast broadband and help people learn how to get online.

Morag was one of eighty people who entered a prize draw to ‘win a tablet’ by completing a short survey about using the Internet, with 19 people requesting help to get online.

Visit the Get Involved pages on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website at http://www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk to find out about being a digital champion for your community, plus local groups and support available to help people get online.

  • The Doddington internet group meets every Thursday from 10am to 3pm at The George Pub and a new Wimblington group has recently been launched at The Anchor Inn on Wednesdays. Call Nyree Scott on 07881 837543 to find out more.