North Tyneside’s Dot hits spot in public poll to win £5,000 prize

Willington Quay's Dot Owston, centre, being presented with her �5,000 prize at the TalkTalk Digital Awards ceremony by Daily Mirror deputy editor Peter Willis and digital skills charity chief Rachel Neaman.

Willington Quay's Dot Owston, centre, being presented with her �5,000 prize at the TalkTalk Digital Awards ceremony by Daily Mirror deputy editor Peter Willis and digital skills charity chief Rachel Neaman.

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Willington Quay’s Dot Owston has won a £5,000 prize after coming out on top in a public vote.

Dot was one of nine winners at this year’s TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards ceremony, held at the House of Lords in London earlier this month.

Dot won the accolade for her work with the Digi Drop-in Club at St Paul’s Community Centre, a weekly volunteer-led group helping people get online and take advantage of the benefits of the internet.

“I am so pleased for the project and for our local community who have benefited from the Digi Drop-in Club,” she said.

“Winning this award will increase our profile immensely, along with increasing the services delivered by St Paul’s Community Partnership, which works tirelessly to support local residents to improve digital skills.”

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell added: “Dot has worked tirelessly for our local community for many years, and this award is timely recognition of that service.”

“I am sure that the award will go a long way to making sure even more local people benefit from the work of the Digi Drop-in Club at St Paul’s Community Centre.

“I am delighted that Dot has won this award.”