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Brushes with big seas inspired kayaker Denise Vernon to create tiny artworks in aid of Oban’s lifeboat.
Artist Denise, who recently moved to the town, is raffling off four miniature painted wooden discs she especially made to raise funds for the RNLI as a thank you to the brave volunteer crew members who risk their own lives to save others in danger out at sea.
Each of the four glossy mini discs took more than six painstaking hours to paint with a tiny brush and a pin to get in all the detail of the Mora Edith MacDonald lifeboat going past Maiden Island – on the reverse side it says Support our Lifeboats.
‘Each disc took a lot of patience. It’s all so tiny, I had to hold my breath for some of the detail. There wasn’t enough room to fit the whole of the boat’s name in though,’ said Denise who has sight in only one eye.
‘When I first started kayaking, I had a few scares in the big sea. Luckily I’ve never needed the lifeboat’s help and hope I never will but you just don’t know. I stay in safer water now but it’s still a big comfort to know they are there, ready to drop everything when their pagers go off and help anyone who gets into difficulty.
‘They are amazing people, I have massive respect for them,’ said Denise who got the RNLI’s blessing for the raffle.
Raffle tickets are £5 each with 100 per cent of the takings going to Oban RNLI, one of the UK’s busiest all-weather lifeboat stations.
The closing date is October 31 and the four lucky winners will be announced on Facebook.
Anyone interested should search Facebook for Original-art-fundraiser-for-RNLI-Oban-Lifeboat-by-Denise-Vernon. Denise can also be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.