Helen wins the TalkTalk 2015 UK Digital Hero Award for her outstanding work on ‘Community Get Better Known’
10 November 2015 –Helen McCabe of Eastbourne was crowned the overall UK winner of the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award 2015 and received £10,000 of funding at a ceremony at the House of Commons on 5th November.
Helen impressed the prestigious judging panel comprising of TalkTalk chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, Lastminute.com founder Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, and Daily and Sunday Mirror Editor-in-Chief Lloyd Embley to secure the coveted prize.
Helen won the award for her work on ‘Community Get Better Known’, a project that provides training and hands-on experience to young volunteers who struggle with work. Each volunteer learns how to create websites for local voluntary groups and learns how to promote the groups online via several social media platforms. Each volunteer works alongside others to learn how to liaise with clients directly and become more engaged in their local community. The result of their hard work is that local voluntary groups receive a low-cost website and lots of free marketing.
Helen said: “Words cannot express how much it means to us. When you give so much time and energy for no financial gain it’s absolutely amazing to be recognised for it. It is very much a team effort and people in our community often ask me how I do so much and it’s only because I have a great team around me.”
Caroline Ansell, MP for Eastbourne, says; “Many congratulations to Helen! She is an inspiration who has worked so hard to help young people in our town gain confidence in both their digital and life skills.
“I’m even more delighted that she topped the public vote. It’s fabulous she has received such public recognition for her work. She is someone Eastbourne can be rightly proud of.”
She topped the public votes in the Volunteer category, before being chosen by the judges over nine other category winners to be crowned the overall TalkTalk Digital Hero 2015 at the awards ceremony in the House of Commons in London.
The awards have already invested half a million pounds into small-scale projects having a big impact on others through the use of technology. At the heart of these projects are inspirational people, like Helen, that are bringing people together, offering support to those around them and giving them the tools that make the lives of us all a little easier.
Find out more information on the awards at www.talktalkdigitalheroes.co.uk.