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Hospice worker teaching sick kids film-making is voted London hero’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:10 05 October 2010

A CARE worker who uses technology to tech film-making to terminally-ill children in East London has been voted the capital’s digital hero.’ Bernie Wighton topped the poll to win £5,000 for his project at Richard House Children’s Hospice in Beckton

A CARE worker who uses technology to tech film-making to terminally-ill children in East London has been voted the capital's 'digital hero.'

Bernie Wighton, who runs his project at Richard House Children's Hospice in Beckton, is one of 12 regional winners from all over Britain to reach the finals of the telecom industry's 'Heroes' awards.

Bernie received the largest number of votes across London, almost 1,800, beating two other good causes, to receive £5,000 for his project from TalkTalk broadband.

"The grant means I can now extend the project at Richard House to more children," he said. "It will open up a whole new world of film-making for them and encourage their creativity and self-esteem."

Bernie is the brains behind the 'Living Films' project which teaches terminally-ill youngsters to script, direct and edit their own films.

The 12 regional 'heroes' have now been invited to a House of Lords ceremony on November 24 when an overall national winner takes away £10,000 in the UK Digital awards.


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