To go with John Greys story

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John Gray has volunteered with English Heritage Trust since September 2019.  He started his volunteering journey as a Commercial Property Surveyor Volunteer, helping within the Commercial Estates Team at their office in Bessie Surtees House, Newcastle. 

When the COVID pandemic began, John’s office-based role was put on hold.  John then came forward to become a Monitor Volunteer, helping English Heritage’s Free Sites Team care for a multitude of sites along Hadrian’s Wall. John’s role includes checking sites for damage, caring for site presentation and ensuring our teams are kept in the loop regarding any onsite changes. 

"Volunteering with English Heritage has helped me to keep active in retirement while indulging a lifelong interest in history and buildings. I have been able to use my previous experience to assist in their commercial property department, which is fascinating: and more recently I have started helping with the monitoring of some of their free sites along Hadrian's Wall, which regularly gets me out and about in the wonderful Northumberland countryside. 

"Interesting places, fresh air and exercise, friendly and helpful staff support has made this a very enjoyable and worthwhile activity."