Cheque mates

The Oban Times - - Front Page - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

MONEY raised by CalMac staff for the RNLI has been pre­sented to vol­un­teers at Oban Lifeboat sta­tion.

MONEY raised by CalMac staff for the RNLI has been pre­sented to vol­un­teers at Oban Lifeboat sta­tion.

The £1,000 cheque was re­ceived on be­half of the in­sti­tu­tion by branch chair­man Mike Robert­son, trea­surer Les Ste­wart and lifeboat me­chanic Tom Kennedy from CalMac, Cap­tain Mark Scott, mas­ter of MV Isle of Lewis and a vol­un­teer coxswain for Oban Lifeboat and port man­ager Al­li­son McDer­mott.

Oban’s lifeboat was the fifth busiest in Scot­land in 2016, an­swer­ing 51 calls to those in distress and res­cu­ing 46 peo­ple, de­vot­ing 1,272 hours to op­er­a­tions and train­ing.

The crew is made up of 22 vol­un­teers, with fur­ther sup­port­ers tak­ing shore­side roles in­clud­ing pub­lic­ity and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

CalMac’s dona­tion to the char­ity rep­re­sented a pound do­nated by the com­pany for every staff mem­ber who vol­un­teered to take part in a re­cent ques­tion­naire in sup­port of In­vestors in Peo­ple – a to­tal of 777, which was topped up by the com­pany to £1,000.

Chair­man of Oban Lifeboat Mike Robert­son, who was also a long-stand­ing crew mem­ber, said: ‘It was a plea­sure to wel­come Cap­tain Mark and Al­li­son to Oban Lifeboat sta­tion and to re­ceive this cheque from CalMac on be­half of the RNLI.

‘These fundrais­ing ef­forts are much ap­pre­ci­ated and go to­wards ensuring our lifeboats and vol­un­teer crews across the coun­try are ready, at a mo­ment’s no­tice, to save lives at sea - some­times in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.’

Oban’s cur­rent lifeboat is the 14-me­tre Trent Class Mora Edith Mac­Don­ald, which ar­rived in the town in 1997, re­plac­ing a Brede Class ves­sel which served from 1983-97.

RNLI branch chair­man Mike Robert­son, trea­surer Les Ste­wart, lifeboat me­chanic Tom Kennedy, Cap­tain Mark Scott and port man­ager Al­li­son McDer­mott with the cheque.

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