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Record numbers volunteering for National Trust
4:17pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
RECORD numbers of people are volunteering for the National Trust.
More than 70,000 people are now helping the charity, according to figures released in its annual report.
In Yorkshire, there are 1,961 volunteers covering more than 100 different jobs. Between them they undertake 84,271hours of unpaid work a year, worth £729,700 to the trust.
Some of the recent work has been as diverse as running research groups at the Treasurer’s House in York and transcribing and dramatising the diaries of Victorian visionary, James Stovin Pennyman, who lived at Ormesby Hall near Middlesbrough.
There are now more than 80 volunteers compared to just five paid National Trust staff, working across a range of roles from organising exhibitions and events to sourcing objects for the house, manning the reception, hosting in the tea room and helping with the website.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal near Ripon has the highest number of Yorkshire volunteers with 412, followed by Treasurer’s House in York with 304.
For more information about volunteering with the National Trust, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
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