Trust honours volunteers

L-R Jacqui Walker Margaret Brabban

Two volunteers for the Trust received special recognition last week, to mark their ten-year-anniversaries in the role.

Jacqui Walker, 36, from Shiney Row, on Wearside, and Margaret Brabban, 69, from Shadforth, County Durham, were each awarded a special service badge from colleagues during a celebratory afternoon tea on Wednesday 28 August at the Trust’s headquarters at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve near Houghton-le-Spring.

Emily Routledge, Trust Membership Development Officer, said: “Jacqui has cerebral palsy and had found it hard in the past to find work. She decided to give volunteering a try instead and has become an invaluable member of the team, carrying out a range of administrative tasks to support the Trust.”

Margaret joined the Trust after retiring from a Headteacher role at Usworth Colliery Nursery School in the Washington area. She volunteers on the Trust’s nature reserve carrying out a range of tasks, and works in the office and helps at Trust events.

Emily said: “Margaret uses her skills from work to support the Trust’s education team and is a vital part of the charity’s day-to-day running. We were delighted to award both Jacqui and Margaret with their long-service award badges.”

Jacqui, who volunteers twice a week at the Trust and helps with the office franking, making up membership packs, making free-post envelopes and doing the office shredding, said: “I really enjoy helping the Wildlife Trust and the afternoon tea and award was a really nice surprise.”

Margaret said: “Since retiring, I have had great pleasure in helping at the Trust in a variety of roles. It has made me focus more on the environment in which we live, giving me a renewed outlook. I have met many people over the years, from different walks of life, and am grateful for the friendships I’ve made.”

Durham Wildlife Trust relies on the support of volunteers to carry out its vital work in an area which stretches from the Tees to the Tyne. There are many opportunities to get involved, details of which can be found here.