Welcome to the first in a regular series of posts – Voices of Open Country

We’ll be talking to our members, volunteers, supporters and staff to find out more about them, their connection to Open Country and and the difference our charity makes to people. To start us off, we meet one of our trustees – Jonty Warneken
Jonty, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident aged 22, joined our board around two years ago. He was looking for a charity to support as part of the first disabled relay team to swim the North Channel.
Jonty said: “I’m proud to be a trustee of Open Country. The charity demonstrates that you can actively participate and get hands-on in the countryside, no matter what your disability is.”
“I personally love being outdoors and I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t.
“I think Lockdown made us all appreciate how important getting outside is for people. And with the conservation work we do, we actually help make the countryside more accessible for everyone.
“Open Country is one of Harrogate’s best-kept secrets – I would love more people to help spread the word. It would be great to have more support from the wider business community to help us raise funds.
“What we do is good – it makes a real difference and it makes people happy.”
To find out more about Open Country’s services and activities, go to www.opencountry.org.uk
If you would like to share YOUR experiences of Open Country, please give us a bell on 01423 507227 or email us at community@opencountry.org.uk.
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