Who are these incredible people?
They may sound like magic elves from a fairy story but are actually volunteers in the Yorkshire Dales.
Without them, so many aspects of our country life would collapse. They're the glue that hold together communities.
It's thanks to so many willing volunteers that we have such great events, rich wildlife, and community services.
Here are just some examples of things volunteers do in the Dales. If you know of more or want to praise a particular volunteer, please add them in the comments.
- They bake and run endless cake stalls, raising money for local charities whether it's for Yorkshire Cancer Research, cubs, brownies, schools, church roofs, village halls...
- They run essential mountain and cave services, rescuing walkers, cavers and others when lost, hurt or stranded in the Dales.
- They are the staff in countless libraries, information offices, and community hubs across the Dales. They create and work in gardens, visitor attractions and in public spaces to keep everywhere looking good.
- They clean, open and close churches and public buildings each day. They ring the church bells and welcome visitors.
- They run important services such as the Little White Bus, visit people in their homes, and support charities such as the Red Cross in trying to overcome loneliness, and offer a listening ear.
- They create and run events such as the country shows and festivals, showcasing a wide range of talents and interests, bringing people together for enjoyment and entertainment.
- They work with rangers and wildlife charities to look after our environment, help children to develop their interest in nature and showcase beautiful and important areas to visitors.
Thanks to everyone who contributes so much to our life in the Yorkshire Dales. It was thanks to a volunteer in a blizzard that I realised I needed to move home to Yorkshire to enjoy the fantastic sense of community.