A grandmother from Welling has won a Silver Surfer award. Rose Riley, 68, who lives at Anchor’s Woodville Grove in Ruskin Avenue, was nominated by two neighbours for going the extra mile helping others with their IT 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.

Rose Riley, who has lived at Woodville Grove for four years, is thrilled to receive the Silver Surfer Award. She said: “I am over the moon to have won. 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 download some new music.”

Neighbour Gwenda Culmer, 78, who is thankful for the help Rose gives to her, said: “Rose is always ready and happy to help anyone at Woodville Grove with their computer problems. Many of us do not have, or do not know how to use, computers. She has spent many hours looking up information for people, solving issues for them and showing them how to do little tasks like downloading photographs.

“Rose has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Social Committee, using her IT skills to find information online and to download music onto the iPod for community evenings. Woodville Grove is very lucky to have Rose and her IT skills.”

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