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So how many hidden wellies can you spot?
Where’s Welly was thought up and carefully illustrated by Oban Lifeboat crew member and press officer Leonie Mead as a bit of fun for people to take part in and raise funds for the RNLI.
There are a number of yellow wellies hidden within colourful and action-packed image and now it is over to the public to see if they can find them all.
The highly detailed illustration includes the RNLI’s entire fleet, from each of the lifeboat classes to their launch and recovery systems and lifeguards ashore and the coastline is made up of iconic landmarks and buildings – including a lifeboat station.
The illustration was inspired by RNLI lifeboat stations and lifeguards around the country and the amazing work of their dedicated volunteers.
Leonie said: ‘I wanted to create something interactive that we could share with our supporters digitally while face-to-face contact remains restricted. I was aiming for something fun and colourful that incorporated all aspects of the RNLI as well as some of our coastline and our many water users.’
Supporters can take part by visiting www.whereswelly.co.uk
The answers are being closely guarded, but they can be accessed in return for a donation to the RNLI via the JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/whereswelly2021
Supporters will receive a thank you email with the password to access them.
Leonie added: ‘RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews, including ours here in Oban, provide a 24-hour search and rescue service all around the UK and Ireland, while lifeguards keep a careful watch on many of our busiest beaches. Their lifesaving work depends on supporter fundraising and is only made possible by the generous donations our supporters give.
‘We hope that if people enjoy Where’s Welly they’ll support us with a donation.’
If lockdown restrictions continue to ease, there are also plans to hold a number of pop-up events in Oban next month to help boost lifeboat funds after lockdown – a knitted welly challenge is also afoot.