This blog was contributed by Brenda O’Mulloy, 83, from Slough, who was crowned joint Internet Champion of the Year in 2012.
As Age UK’s Internet Champion of 2012, it’s has been a fantastic year. There was the prestige of winning of course, followed by the whirlwind excitement of being broadcast live on BBC radio, speaking at high profile conferences and events and being interviewed by a variety of newspapers and magazines all with an aim of extolling the virtues of using the internet in later life.
At the age of 75 my son bought me a computer, hooked me up with Internet access and effectively changed my life. After moving away from my friends and family and the passing of my husband, I found I had no friends locally, my family lived 200 miles away and I felt cut off. The computer was a real lifeline. It enabled me to stay connected, initially I started off by sending emails but gradually this evolved to include Facebook, Skype and MSN Messenger. Continue reading “Guest blog – Internet Champion of the Year 2013”