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Thousands join National Trust's volunteer force
Volunteer juggler David Greenbrown, who juggles and performs tricks with Terry’s Chocolate Oranges at Goddards in Tadcaster Road, York
THOUSANDS of volunteers from across York, North and East Yorkshire swelled the ranks to record-breaking numbers of people volunteering for the National Trust.
More than 70,000 people across the country are giving up their free time to work for the National Trust according to the charity’s annual report.
A total of 1,961 of those volunteers are from Yorkshire and together they have completed 84,271 hours of unpaid work, worth £729,786 to the trust.
One volunteer, who has been working with the trust for the past eight years, has been hailed as one of their most industrious recruits.
Former RAF squadron leader, Ted Sumner, 63, works as a research visitors’ services volunteer at Beningbrough Hall, near York.
Ted said: “I love being a volunteer, the history of Beningbrough, the nice people I work with and meeting so many interesting visitors.”
Ted has developed the hall’s war room to tell the stories of the airmen based at nearby Linton-on-Ouse where he was also last posted. His work also helped the hall to secure £42,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to expand on the airmen’s experiences during the Second World War.
The National Trust has several volunteering projects across York, including the former home of Noel Terry of the Terry’s of York chocolate firm.
Opened to the public last year, Goddards, on Tadcaster Road, is now mainly run by volunteers, including their resident volunteer juggler who performs tricks with Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.
Volunteers have also flocked to Treasurer’s House, Minster Yard, in the city to set up a history research group.
To find out more about volunteering visit nationaltrust.org.uk
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