Thursday, October 23, 2008

Silver Surfer of the Year Awards

Today is a special day for me. At 2 o'clock this afternoon, Thursday 23rd October, I shall be presenting myself at Portcullis House, the House of Commons, in London, to receive a runner-up certificate in the Silver Surfer of the Year Awards 2008. I was nominated for this by a friend, but never really imagined I would get anywhere near, so I am feeling quite chuffed! I was asked to keep it to myself until the day of the awards, which is why I haven't blogged about it sooner.

Normally there is one winner and two runners-up, but this year, they tell me, entries were so good that they've chosen four runners-up. My local MP has been invited and hopes to attend, and press releases have gone out to the local papers in the winners' areas. I will let you know more when it is all over.

The awards are run annually by a company called Digital Unite, whose aim is to bring digital literacy to older people who might not otherwise find access easy. They work through their network of specialist DU Tutors, their Community Programmes, and their annual outreach campaign, Silver Surfers' Day, which is designed to encourage organisations of every kind, both large and small, to get involved by running their own events. Digital Unite is Britain's specialist in Digital Inclusion for Older People. You can find out more on

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Lee said...


I had only previously met bronze surfers, so knowing a silver one is great!

Julie Oakley said...

I just saw the news in the local paper and I had to write to congratulate you. Well done - you deserve it. I hope you have a fun day.

Pam said...

Excellent news Judith! Congratulations! Pics will be appreciated (please)

Judith said...

Thankyou for your congratulations. Lee, I had yours before I set off for London, which was nice. I have certainly had a fun day. Lots of pictures and videos were taken, but not by me, so it may be while before I have some to post. Meanwhile I have come home to find that my local free paper which comes out today has already done a piece on me. I didn't expect it until next week. I'll write more tomorrow.

Annie said...

Congrats, Judith. I didn't know about this group. A wonderful accomplishment for you and what a great day it must be.

KeithD said...

Well done - and well-deserved, too. I expect to see your counter's UK visitors total shoot up.