Dagenham pensioners become silver surfers

TWO pensioners in their 90s are proving it’s never too late to start surfing the web.

Jim Saunders, 90, and Connie Howell, 92, recently embarked on a computer course for elderly people keen to get online.

The training is run at the sheltered housing where they live, Bethany Court in Newhouse Avenue, Marks Gate, and is part of a joint BBC and government campaign to get pensioners more internet savvy.

Jim, who had never used a computer before, said: “I took to it very quickly through the help and training I got. I’ve even started using e-mail and am looking forward to starting to use the web cam for keeping in touch with friends and family.”

Riverside ECHG, the housing association which runs Bethany Court, secured more than �12,000 of funding from the Get Digital campaign to buy computers, set up IT suites and provide training at the Marks Gate site and two other sheltered housing schemes.

Jim now plans to use the computer to write about his time as a Desert Rat in North Africa during World War Two. “I’ll put my memories on the internet. It’s important younger generations don’t forget what happened.”