Meryll honoured for 35 years of service to charity

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A grandmother from Leeds has received royal recognition in honour of her support of international charity WaterAid.

Meryll Knapp, a retired scientist who worked at Yorkshire Water, is one of just five dedicated supporters to be awarded WaterAid’s highest honour, The President’s Award.

Meryll, aged 74, was presented with a certificate personally signed by WaterAid’s president HRH The Prince of Wales, at the charity’s Annual Supporters Meeting earlier this month.

Meryll, who last year braved a 10,000 feet skydive to raise money for WaterAid, said: “Whilst I worked at Yorkshire Water I was a member of its speaker panel and began to learn about WaterAid and was inspired by how the charity changes people’s lives, especially those of women.

“I enjoy sharing stories of how effectively WaterAid engages with local communities, improves their lives and helps to build their self-esteem.

“It’s good to volunteer for a charity that seems universally respected for its work and achievements.”

Barbara Frost, WaterAid’s Chief Executive, said: “Meryll’s WaterAid journey started 35 years ago while working at Yorkshire Water.

“She has been a highly active supporter since then, raising awareness of our cause and encouraging others to get involved as a member of the West Yorkshire Local Group, the Speakers Network, and the Yorkshire Water WaterAid Committee.

“Despite being in her 74th year, she has been volunteering at the Glastonbury Festival since 2011 and amazed us last year by taking part in a 
skydive to support our legacy campaign.

“This President’s award is an incredible testament to her courage and commitment to WaterAid.”