The Oban Times - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Oban lifeboat’s fundrais­ing group was busy through­out De­cem­ber en­gag­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and run­ning its first pop-up shop within McCaig’s Ware­house.

The stall, open ev­ery Satur­day in De­cem­ber, had plenty on of­fer, in­clud­ing Christ­mas cards, cal­en­dars and sou­venirs, with all tak­ings go­ing to­wards the run­ning of Oban’s RNLI lifeboat sta­tion.

On Satur­day De­cem­ber 22, fundrais­ers were joined by carol singers drawn from lo­cal choirs, led by Joy Mills and ac­com­pa­nied by ac­cor­dion and fid­dle, adding fes­tive cheer. Oban lifeboat Mora Edith Mac­Don­ald stood by to show its ap­pre­ci­a­tion and sup­port dur­ing the af­ter­noon.

Phil Hamer­ton, from Oban lifeboat’s fundrais­ing team, said: ‘The four days of sales in McCaig’s Ware­house brought De­cem­ber’s to­tal sales to just over £1,000. The com­bi­na­tion of carol singing and the lifeboat’s pres­ence on De­cem­ber 22 added to the fes­tive cheer and, again, vis­i­tors and res­i­dents gen­er­ously added to the col­lec­tion.’

Phil added: ‘2019 is look­ing like an ex­cit­ing year for our fundrais­ing team with lots of events sched­uled through­out the year.

‘Our thanks go to ev­ery­one who kindly do­nated or bought from our pop-up shop. All do­na­tions are grate­fully re­ceived and will con­trib­ute to the run­ning of Oban’s lifeboat sta­tion, en­sur­ing the vol­un­teer crew can con­tinue to save lives at sea.’

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