Rory encourages constituent entries to TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards

Rory is encouraging constituents to participate in this year’s Digital Heroes Awards, following on from his successful nomination last year of East Cumbria Community Broadband Forum chairman Libby Bateman, who won the top prize for the north-west region.

The Digital Heroes Awards, run in partnership with the Daily Mirror and charities Citizens Online and Go ON UK, aim to recognise inspirational people who use technology to benefit their local community. The scheme has to date provided funding and support to 49 organisations across Britain.

Rory said: “TalkTalk’s Digital Heroes Awards recognise the invaluable contributions that our community broadband activists are making to the campaign to get our remote communities connected. Such was the success of Libby and the East Cumbria Community Broadband Forum last year that the government is now relying on Libby and her colleagues to pilot rural broadband solutions that will eventually be rolled out throughout the UK. Now that we are making constituents aware of the great need for these infrastructure improvements, I hope that more nominees will come from Penrith and the Border this year, and encourage you to think about members of your own community who are taking real steps to make super-fast broadband a reality for our rural communities.”

Now, for the fifth year running, twelve winners, one from each region of the UK – voted for by the public – will each get £5,000 to enhance their digital projects, with one overall winner getting £10,000. This year there will be an additional category for children and young people, with a top prize of £4,000 for their chosen charity and an Apple MacBook Air.

Please do make any nominations at Groups are also welcome to make direct submissions themselves. The deadline for entries is 14 September 2012.

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