Meet Gary Gray, our visitor-faced volunteer

Our visitor-faced volunteer, Gary Gray, has been volunteering with Martin Mere for four years. Helping us across a range of roles and activities, he first started after wanting to do something to get him out of the house and doing new things.

“I have been a member for 30 years. When I retired, I wanted something positive to do, something that gives back for the years I’ve been coming as a visitor.”

Gary gets involved with our talks and seasonal activities, as well as volunteering as a photographer to showcase our wildlife and living collection.

“I volunteer at Martin Mere once a week, helping out on the visitor information desk. This involves meeting and greeting our visitors and providing them with all of the information of what’s on on the day of their visit”

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“We also have different activities throughout the year, and I will often help out with these. This can be things like moth trapping, guided walks, or otter talks.”

Asked what his favourite part about volunteering is, Gary says: “I like interacting with people and passing on my knowledge to them. It’s always memorable seeing the joy on children’s faces when they visit. It makes you see how valuable your time volunteering here is”.

Inspired by Gary’s story?

We are hosting a Volunteering Week from 24 Feb - 1 March. Pop in from 1-3pm and speak to our friendly team about our volunteering opportunities. Find out more.

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