A tenant from Birmingham has been highly commended for a Silver Surfer award. Carol Stewart, 62, who lives at Anchor’s Highfields in Erdington, was nominated by David Richardson 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 2014 with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.
Carol Stewart, who has lived at Highfields for almost four years, is thrilled to be highly commended in the Silver Surfer category. She said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated by David. 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 with their online shopping.”

Neighbour David Richardson, 66, who is thankful for the help Carol gives to him, said: “Carol thoroughly deserves the Silver Surfer award. She has taught me how to correctly use my computer and helps me browse the internet, which has opened up a whole new world to me.

“Carol is such a caring neighbour – since my hip replacement, she checks on me every day and does my shopping for me despite having a disability herself. When I was in hospital last year, she visited me every day.

“Carol is also very active in the communal gardens at Highfields, and it is thanks to her efforts that they look so attractive. She is the best neighbour you could ask for, and Highfields is fortunate to have her as a resident.”

A customer panel came together before Christmas to judge those nominated, and winners of the six categories will be announced at the end of January.

For more information on Highfields please call 0345 140 2020 or visit www.anchor.org.uk.

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