A family from Brookhouse who shared what having B4RN meant for them during Covid-19 lockdown has won an Amazon Alexa, donated by B4RN’s volunteer computer club.

It wasn’t easy to decide who would receive it (you can read all the stories by clicking here) but congratulations to the Humphreys!

You can watch their video submission below, featuring a poem they wrote about how using their B4RN connection helped them continue with their lives during these strange times.

Well done!


A locked down family submitted by Joanne Humphrey

photo of the winners

Penny and Trudy with their prize

“Our broadband has never failed us since being in lockdown, even with all 4 of us on it all at once, I’m working from home and on Microsoft Teams all day. Home schooling and Zoom lessons are great, no glitches or buffering. Buying from Amazon has been a huge help!

“We’ve used it for: keeping in touch with family and friends; keeping in touch with local and national news; virtual socialising (i.e. an online pub quiz); gaming; home schooling children; ordering goods online; watching TV, films; reading online books or audio books; radio or music; Zoom, Teams, Skype & WhatsApp. Teams was new through work.

“B4RN has helped massively. Being able to video call my mum who has advanced Alzheimer’s and is in a nursing home has been invaluable. Also continuing hobbies online such a choir and drumming. I’ve never called my friends so much since being in lockdown, especially video calling. Why did I never do this before??? The children have been inspired to write and animate a poem, I hope you like it and enjoy it as much as they did making it.”



It started off as games, entertainment and fun,
Then it suddenly became more,
As lockdown begun.

Although we can’t see friends,
Skype came to the rescue,
Face Time and Zooming, We can still say ‘I love you’.

Video calling Granny in the nursing home,
We miss her so much,
Seeing her face, much better than just a phone.

Even our Grandad,
Aged 76,
Managed to throw WhatsApp into the mix!

Mum was sad, with no choir at home,
But thanks to B4RN,
Up popped Gareth Malone!!

When the government announced we had to work from home,
Out came the laptops,
From the deep unknown!

Zoom classes, staff meetings on Microsoft Teams,
No worries on bandwidth,
We can use to extremes!

B4RN helps us seek out positive good cause,
So we can help others,
Whilst our lives are on pause.