Town’s own digital hero helps youngsters dealing with loss

jackie Potter
jackie Potter

A KENILWORTH charity worker has been named the winner of the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award for the West Midlands for her role in using digital technology to help others.

Jackie Potter, works as a bereavement service practitioner at Guy’s Gift, a charity which provides free support for bereaved children, young people and their families in south Warwickshire following the death of a parent, sibling or other significant person in their life.

Mrs Potter believes that like most young people, bereaved children are completely comfortable working with technology and as a result the £5,000 grant she has secured by winning the award will fund a new iPad project, already successfully trialled elsewhere, to enable bereaved young people to express themselves and help come to terms with their loss.

Mrs Potter, who visited the House of Lords in London for a special awards ceremony recently, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to win a Digital Heroes Award.

“It means a lot to Guy’s Gift to win the £5,000 grant.

“This will make a big difference to our work supporting bereaved children, young people and their families in Kenilworth and the surrounding area.

“I would like to thank all of our supporters who voted for me and friends and family who backed our project.”

Commenting on Jackie’s work at Guy’s Gift, a parent of one of the young people she has helped, said, “Jackie really does deserve to be recognised for the valuable work she is doing and the positive impact she is having on bereaved young people’s lives.”

Dido Harding, TalkTalk chief executive officer, said: “The Digital Heroes Awards were designed to recognise and reward those who use digital technology to make a difference in their communities.

“We’ve seen some incredibly worthy causes and we are delighted that these projects are getting the recognition they fully deserve.”

The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, run in conjunction with Citizens Online, are the only awards of their kind to celebrate inspirational people who are using digital technology to bring about positive social change.

There are lots of ways people can volunteer and support Guy’s Gift including buying and selling Pompom Trees.

The charity can provide the pompoms for people to sell and hang on their own tree.