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The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards will be bigger and better than ever in 2012, it has been claimed.

Dido Harding, Chief Executive at TalkTalk, said that around this time every year, the broadband provider "does something we can all be proud of".

The firm runs the awards to encourage people to use broadband and digital technologies to improve their communities, she noted.

Grants of up to £5,000 are made to innovative not-for-profit ventures that bring about positive social change, Ms Harding stated.

"[This year] we have a new category for children and young people, aged 18 years and under, with the winner receiving £4,000 for their chosen charity and an Apple MacBook Air computer," she stated.

"We have launched a fun competition where children aged 12 years and under can send in their drawings of what a Digital Hero might look like."

Ms Harding said there are "many examples" of work being carried out by TalkTalk’s Digital Heroes stretching back over the last five years.

"We can be proud as a company to have been the catalyst for so much good work," she added.

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