MP supports home computer programme

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has praised the Get Online @ Home programme, which offers affordable computers to the public. She is pictured with one of the first recipients, Mick Purshouse from Denaby Main.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has praised the Get Online @ Home programme, which offers affordable computers to the public. She is pictured with one of the first recipients, Mick Purshouse from Denaby Main.
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AN MP has lent her support to a scheme offering affordable computers.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is backing the Get Online @ Home programme, sponsored by Microsoft, which has already been taken up by 17 people in Doncaster, and 2,000 people nationally.

To see how the scheme works Caroline visited one of the first recipients, Mick Purshouse from Denaby Main.

She said: “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.”

Mick added: “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.”

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.

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