Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has praised the Get Online @Home programme, which offers affordable computers to the public.
Get Online @ Home, sponsored by Microsoft, has already been taken up by 17 people in Doncaster, and 2,000 people nationally, and Caroline visited one of the first recipients, Mick Purshouse from Denaby Main.
Said Ms Flint “For just £99, this computer has been a lifeline for Mick Purshouse. It connects him to family and friends on the other side of the world. For Mick, who has very serious sight problems, and spends large amounts of time at home, this computer which has the screen settings adapted for him, is a tremendous boost.
“I hope more people will find out about Get Online @Home and take advantage of the opportunity of getting connected to the web.”
Said Mick Purshouse: “The computer has given me a real chance to keep in touch with family in Australia and for ordering talking books from the RNIB library, which arrive in large print. It makes a world of difference.
“It was lovely to meet Caroline, she stayed for an hour and was really interested in meeting us. She is really down to earth as well as being a real voice of the people. Both her and her husband Phil were great company.”
If you know a friend or relative who would benefit from help to get online, find out more at www.getonlineathome.org
Get Online @Home offers computers for £149 for anyone, and £99 to certain charities and people on a range of benefits. Get Online at Home is an initiative led by Microsoft, with the support of Simplify Digital, an OfCom-accredited price comparison website able to mediate the provision of broadband solutions from a selection of independent Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher (MAR) and Microsoft Registered Refurbisher (RRP) Partners, to provide low cost refurbished desktop and laptop computers to support the Go ON UK digital inclusion programme led by Martha Lane Fox.
Above Caroline visits Catherine and Mick Purshouse.
Top: Mick shows Caroline his new computer.