A DESERVING volunteer at Mablethorpe Lifeboat Station has been rewarded for 10 years of selfless work.
Karen Wilkins, who lives in Legbourne, has given up her own time to act as treasurer for the lifeboat crew since way back in 2002.
And recently she was honoured at a glitzy RNLI awards ceremony held at York Racecourse, where despite a mix-up which left her without a trophy for now, she enjoyed a grand night in the spotlight along with her husband Mark and children.
Karen has worked under three station managers in her decade at the helm, Bill Tuplin, Rob Stones and Dale Chapman.
She began in the role while working as a book keeper at Bill Tuplin’s scrapyard, and when her predecessor left, she was happy to step in.
Ten years later she is still there, often working from home, but still happy to give up a few hours a week to make sure all donations are correctly received and each and every donor receives a personal letter of thanks from the crew.
“I really enjoy it, I’m very passionate that every donor gets a special thanks from the crew,” she said.
“I was asked to step in by Bill when I worked for him before, and I’m still there now.
“I used to live in Mablethorpe, and often I hear that people I used to know have died having put through their memorial donations, it’s very sad, but it’s very worthwhile too.”
Karen is to receive a special statue of an RNLI crewman once the error is rectified, which she can proudly display for all to see.