Alison tops Everest challenge in aid of Oban lifeboat

Alison Rennie conquers Everest Oban style raising more than £400 for the town's lifeboat.

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Alison Rennie has climbed higher than Everest’s summit to raise hundreds of pounds for Oban lifeboat.

The 70-year-old fundraising secretary has been climbing Battleship Hill near her home as part of her daily exercise ever since lockdown  and on Sunday finally reached the equivalent of 8,900 metres – a little higher than the world’s loftiest mountain.

Alison, who is a chronic asthmatic, said: ‘That’s it, over 8,900m since lockdown started! My initial idea was just to try to get a bit fitter to help avoid the worst consequences of the virus if I get it. I’ve certainly got fitter but – maybe more important – with the help of my supporters, I’ve done something useful to others, raising over £400 for the RNLI.’

As Alison’s challenge ends, Oban RNLI begins its Virtual Open Day campaign.

Normal plans to open the station’s doors to the public in June have been put on hold and instead the lifeboat plans to have a virtual open day through their Facebook page instead.

Oban Lifeboat’s Press Officer Leonie Mead said: ‘Our Open Day was scheduled for June 20. Sadly this won’t be possible, so we’ve decided to get creative and think of ways to bring our Open Day to our supporters.

‘Through our Facebook page we will effectively be holding a virtual Open Day, for the entire month of June. We will be hosting various competitions including RNLI-themed baking, colouring in and a Guess The Weight of a Lobster competition. All will be held and judged digitally from the safety of our own homes, and there are RNLI-themed prizes too.’

The station will also be sharing some video tours of its lifeboat the Mora Edith MacDonald and there will be a RNLI-themed board game lined up too.

‘We know that social media isn’t for everyone, we are used to welcoming supporters face to face. But for now, we hope this will bring some of the spirit of our usual open day to our supporters in their own homes and hopefully raise some money in the process,’ added Leonie.

The open day usually raises around £2,500 helping the charity continue saving lives at sea.

Supporters can donate straight to the RNLI on its Facebook page. To make an off-line donation, contact treasurer Lachie Beaton on 07467 020516 for more  information.

Details on how to enter the open day competitions can be found at www.facebook.com/rnliobanlifeboat