Oxfordshire great grandmother 'loves the web'

Ivy Gray Mrs Gray uses Facebook to keep in touch with friends and relatives

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As the BBC launches a campaign to get more people online, an Oxfordshire woman has described how the internet has enriched her life.

Great grandmother Ivy Gray, from Thame, was given a computer by her son seven years ago.

Now she is a regular user of email and Facebook and uses the web to upload photos and research her ancestry.

She said: "It's my encyclopaedia, it's my musical box, it's my photo album - I love it. I don't like it - I love it."

Two years ago, Mrs Gray's granddaughter, who lives in Canada, gave birth to a boy.

She said: "You won't believe this, but I saw his photo on Facebook an hour later. It's lovely. There's so much to it.

"I'm always a bit worried about pressing the wrong button but I just love what you can get off it."

When the clocks go back, the BBC is challenging people to use the extra hour to introduce someone they know to the internet.

Jean Holliday (L) and Sue Phipps at their local library Sue Phipps (right) spent an hour with her friend Jean Holliday at their local library

According to the Office for National Statistics, 21% of adults who do not have a home internet connection say it is due to a lack of web skills.

A recent survey of BBC Oxford radio listeners found that 27% had never used the internet.

The poll by Radio Joint Audience Research (RAJAR) showed Oxfordshire fared well compared with other English counties such as Cumbria and Lincolnshire, where 38% of BBC local radio listeners had never used the web.

Sue Phipps, from Marston, has been teaching her friend and fellow over 50s club member Jean Holliday how to use the internet.

Mrs Holliday had always avoided going online. She said: "It's a bit technical for me - I even have a job sorting the television out sometimes. I have thought about it but the cost of the computer is the biggest outlay."

Mrs Phipps, who spent an hour with her friend at their local library, said: "It means you can keep in contact with friends and family - you can find out all sorts of useful things."

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