We're pleased to announce that Jim Perry (92) and Janet Tchamani (55) are our joint-Internet Champions of the Year 2013. A huge congratulations to the winners and runners up, whose moving stories inspired the judges and are sure to inspire you too!
The champions and runners-up were crowned at a glitzy ceremony at The Royal Society in London on Monday 18 March. The awards were presented by Age UK ambassador June Whitfield, who supports the charity’s work to encourage more people to get online.
The champions were selected by a panel of experts in the industry, including writer, actor and technophile Stephen Fry.
Fry said: 'Like millions of others, I simply can’t imagine a life without the convenience and wonder of the internet. Yet over 5 million older people have never been online. I was delighted to help choose Age UK’s Internet Champions for 2013 and wish them all the best in inspiring more people to the ways of the web.'
Meet our new Champions
In the 2 short videos below, our new Internet Champions, Jim and Janet, explain why they love the internet, and how it has changed their lives.
Janet Tchamani (55), Kings Heath, West Midlands
Jim Perry (92), Sheerness, Kent
The search for this year’s Age UK Internet Champion resulted in more entries than ever before. Both Jim and Janet’s entries demonstrated the life changing benefits and their real enthusiasm to help others.
Over the coming year, the winners will work with Age UK to raise awareness of the many benefits that await the 5.2 million older people who have never been online.