04 Feb 2015
A resident from Peckham has been highly commended for a Silver Surfer award. Micaela Graham-Yoll, 73, who lives at Anchor’s Greenhive care home in Brauards Road, was nominated by Marie-France Bogui for always going the extra mile helping her neighbours with their technology skills.
Over 600 nominations were sent in for Anchor’s Happy Living Awards for those who live with Anchor who is England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in May with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.
Micaela Graham-Yoll, who has lived at Greenhive for almost two years, is thrilled to be highly commended in the Silver Surfer category. She said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated by Marie-France. Just because we are of an older generation doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep up with the latest technology. I like to help my neighbours whether it is teaching them how to use the internet or helping them order their online shopping.”
Marie-France noticed the help Micaela gives to other residents, said: “Micaela is always browsing the internet, looking for events in the area and new places to go. She is very keen to share what she finds and help make the lives of everyone at Greenhive more interesting.
“Micky has family in Argentina, so she keeps an eye on her email and uses Skype regularly to stay in touch. She has volunteered to give Spanish classes to any of the Greenhive residents, staff or visitors who are interested, and she’s already given one session which was very much enjoyed by all who attended.
“Micky suffers from Parkinson's disease but she still lives her life to the fullest and always goes out of her way to put a smile on people’s faces.”
A customer panel came together before Christmas to judge those nominated, and winners of the six categories were announced at the end of January.