Trust hits 50,000 volunteer mark

The National Trust now has more than 50,000 volunteers, according to new figures released by the charity. The volunteers give more than three million hours of their time each year, and their work is worth more than £20m, the charity said.

The number has been boosted by increasing numbers of groups volunteering, the charity said. This includes employer-supported volunteering and groups linked to the Duke of Edinburgh award.

A recent National Trust survey showed that 40 per cent of its volunteers give their time once a week, with one in six doing so more frequently. Two-thirds of volunteers have been volunteering with the trust for more than three years.

Fiona Reynolds, director general of the trust, paid tribute to the volunteers, saying they were integral to the organisation’s work. The charity employs almost 5,000 paid staff across the UK.

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