Skegness lifeboat volunteer gets BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

April Grunnill with her late cousin, Joel Grunnill, when he received the MBE. Photo: RNLI ANL-161206-093755001

April Grunnill with her late cousin, Joel Grunnill, when he received the MBE. Photo: RNLI ANL-161206-093755001

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Long-standing Skegness lifeboat volunteer April Grunnill has been recognised with the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

April has played a central role in raising the money for a new Shannon Class Lifeboat that will arrive on station in 2016.

Those associated with the lifeboat and the wider community at Skegness feel that without April’s generosity and commitment the new boat would not have been affordable.

Events held at the station have proved a success for many years thanks mainly to April’s energy and drive.

April said: “It is such an honour to receive this award. The RNLI does fantastic work and has always been close to my family’s heart. I am privileged to be part of the team.”

The dedicated supporter has been the face of the RNLI in Skegness, not just through her fundraising but by taking care of the crew at the station, engaging with the local community and supporting the work of the organisation.

Nothing is too much effort for April and she can often be found in the town talking to shop owners about the RNLI, and emptying the many collection boxes that she has successfully placed in the community.

The RNLI exists to save lives at sea and April’s efforts have been invaluable in not only raising much needed funds to support the work of the organisation but also promoting the charity. She has inspired thousands of people to get involved and support the RNLI through her passion for the charity, encouraging others to give money and time in support of the lifeboats.