Maurizio d'Arienzo, one of our long-standing volunteers, passed away suddenly at the beginning of March 2017. Maurizio had volunteered for us for over 18 years, turning out regularly in all weathers to work at Woods Mill with the Friday group, as well as other Hit Squads working on our reserves all over Sussex.
He was well-loved by both the volunteers and staff and will be greatly missed.
We were delighted to welcome his daughter Simonetta, his grandchildren and other members of his family to a celebration at Woods Mill in the summer. They came to present a cheque for almost a £1,000 - money donated to the Sussex Wildlife Trust in his memory following his funeral.
After presenting the cheque, his family were joined by other volunteers and Reserve Manager Steve Tillman for a walk around the nature reserve where Maurizio had carried out a variety of conservation tasks over the years.