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Meet some of the volunteer trail rangers for GoGoDiscover

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Meet some of the volunteer trail rangers for GoGoDiscover

After a callout for volunteers to help look after and maintain its 21 large T.rex sculptures in Norwich for GoGoDiscover 2021, Break has recruited a team of 40 trail rangers to enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the event, assist with the cleaning and presentation of the sculptures, develop new skills and help with fundraising efforts. Meet some of the trail rangers giving up their time to support the charity this summer so that Break can continue to provide lifelong support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care…

Sandra Boston and her daughter Anne, who live in Swanton Morley, both wanted to get involved in looking after the prehistoric visitors, as Sandra comments: “It is great fun to volunteer, is a way of giving back and allows you to meet some lovely people. Looking after the dinosaurs, talking to the public and seeing the excitement in children's eyes when they see them is just so rewarding. As trail rangers, we make sure the sculptures are clean and in good condition, and you do find yourself getting almost attached to them – I even find myself talking to them at times! Break does a great job of supporting and working with vulnerable young people. I work with students with additional needs and see how the support they need is not just in education, but at home and in the community, which Break provides vital support with.”

Both Sandra and Anne also got involved in the GoGoHares trail, as Anne says: “I started volunteering alongside my mum for Break’s GoGoHares and also help with other Break events too. This year we have been given four T.rex to keep an eye on and it really makes you respect and appreciate the art and artists, and their amazing craftmanship, because we get a really close look at the sculptures! We clean them and make sure they are in a good condition – it feels like checking in on a friend whenever we visit them! I like supporting Break and these trails are a great way to get communities out to visit these works of art, support artists and raise vital funds for Break, supporting young people in less privileged places in life than me.”

 

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Roger Brooks has volunteered for Break for 12 years and is proud to work with the children’s charity, as he comments: “As well as being a volunteer for Break, I also spent a year being a trustee and got to see first-hand the work they do and the funds they need in order to continue supporting vulnerable children across the region. I love the enthusiasm, passion, professionalism and care of the Break fundraising team and it is such a joy to volunteer. I have attended many events for Break over the years, even being an elf for a Christmas event one year, and this year have been handing out trail maps, telling people about Break and this wonderful trail, and sticking on some plaques and stickers on the T.rex plinths, including reminding people not to climb on the sculptures! It is amazing the effect these trails have on Norwich, from the local businesses sponsoring them, the artists giving up their time to decorate them, and everyone spotting them and finding out about Break and donating. During lockdowns I really missed volunteering for Break, and I know the income loss they had as a charity, but what a way to come back with these beautiful T.rex. I really hope people who do the trail donate. I shouldn’t really have a favourite but Prideasaurus is amazing!”  

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Louise Riches is a supporter of adults with special needs from Norwich. Louise signed-up to be a trail ranger, along with Joe (33), Rory (24), Sam (20) and Jake (26). Louise said: “I’m always keen to find volunteering opportunities for the lads, so that they feel like part of the community. It’s a nice feeling when you accomplish something, whether litter picking, gardening or, of course, dinosaur cleaning! The young men all have lots to give and I’m keen to prove this to them. Over the years we’ve really enjoyed seeing the other GoGo trails, so I contacted Break and they kindly assigned a dinosaur to each of the lads, which makes it more personal. To be part of the GoGoDiscover event is great. I’m not sure the lads knew what cleaning and maintaining T.rex would entail, but now they know what we have to do and that it’s part of our Monday and Thursday routine, and they look forward to it, especially if we have a drink and snack after!” 

Joe remarks: “I like cleaning them but not carrying the cleaning bag! Hulkasaurus is a very nice dinosaur.” Jake comments: “I like cleaning it – especially the claws, tail and the sharp teeth.”

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Tracey Warnes, GoGoDiscoverCo-ordinator at Break, said: “We are always overwhelmed by the supporters and volunteers who support Break at events and in these fun art trails. As well as having volunteers who have supported us for many years, we also have some new faces for 2021 – and a mixture of individuals, groups and work colleagues too, such as Good Gym. It really is a fantastic way to support Break, have fun and meet new people, as people often stop for a chat and want to find out more about GoGoDiscover and the work of Break as a charity. A massive thank you to all our volunteers, who we rely on to help us make these trails a success, and we will be looking for even more in 2022 when more sculptures are unleashed across Norwich and Norfolk. A special thank you to Stevensons for providing us with the exclusive t-shirts for the volunteers. ”

Running from now until Saturday 11th September 2021, the GoGoDiscover charity sculpture trail is delivered by East Anglian based children’s charity Break, in partnership withWild in Art. The presenting partners of GoGoDiscover 2021 are Norwich BID and Chantry Place

People interested in being a T.rex ranger in 2022 or volunteering with Break should get in touch via  https://www.break-charity.org/trail-rangers/

While the trail is free, people who have enjoyed the sculptures can donate to Break via text or on the website, so that Break can continue to transform futures and change the lives of vulnerable children and young people across the region. For more information about Break visit break-charity.org

Text TREX to 70085 to donate £3. Texts cost £3, plus one standard rate message. #GoGoDiscover 

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