Being founded in 1895, the National Trust has ever since followed its aim of saving the nation’s heritage and open spaces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Without its numerous volunteers, however, the charity would have never been able to run as successfully as it did and still does. This years Annual Report reveals the record number of more than 70,000 volunteers working for the charity, which is 30,000 volunteers more than one decade ago.
The essential role of volunteers for the Trust is expressed by Helen Gosh, Director-General at the National Trust: “Volunteers are vital to organisations like the National Trust. [...] They are happy and committed and we are lucky to be able to rely on their support.”
In Yorkshire, 1,961 volunteers spend 84,271 hours of unpaid work a year on saving Yorkshire’s beautiful heritages. Their volunteering is worth an incredible sum of £729,786 to the National Trust.
The top 3 Yorkshire volunteering heritages include Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal with 412 volunteers involved, Treasurer’s House (York) with volunteers just above the 300 mark and Nostell Priory and Parkland near Wakefield with 236 volunteers involved.
Volunteering for the National Trust includes more than 100 different jobs such as managing bee hives, organising special engagement days for local people to run research groups at the Treasurer’s House (York) or transcribing the diaries of the Victorian visionary James Stovin Pennyman (1854-1896).
The young and the old are similarly welcomed to volunteer for the Trust. Eight-year old Ruby Hollingdrake, for example, gazes back to two years of dedicated volunteering, also Ted Sumner (63), a former RAF squadron leader, states: “Volunteering is mentally stimulating and helps ensure I can keep doing the Sunday Times crossword!” Ted is highly regarded for his contribution to Beningbrough Hall near York. He supported the establishment of the Hall’s “war room”, in which stories of the airmen who were billeted at the Hall during WWII are being told.
Everyone who would like to make a contribution to our beautiful country. If you’re interested in getting then keep a look out on our causes page for volunteering opportunities with the National Trust and many other organisation. You could be the volunteer that helps the National Trust to break the 80,000 mark in the near future!