A bottle of rare Oban Lifeboat fundraising whisky – which retailed at £195 a time – is the booty in a £1 a ticket prize draw.
The draw, organised by Oban Lifeboat Fundraising Committee, will give people the chance to win a bottle of the extra special malt whisky for less than the price of a pint of beer.
The draw was announced as Edward and Fiona Robertson, of The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum, handed over a cheque for £12,716.92, for bottles of the whisky they sold online.
The cheque, which was presented to Andrew Mead, of the Oban Lifeboat crew, above, with Fiona and Edward, included a much appreciated personal donation from the company.
The whisky fundraising venture was born because Oban Distillery kindly donated a 250 litre hogshead of whisky to the lifeboat in the 1990s, for use in a future fundraising exercise, once the 18 year old malt matured.
A hardworking lifeboat committee spent a year working with others to get the liquor professionally bottled, labelled and packaged.
So far almost £40,000 has been made for the charity that saves lives at sea by releasing 240 bottles for sale via the Green Welly Stop, the Birchwood Filling Station, Oban, and Mulberry Bank Auctions in Glasgow.
The retail price was set at £195 after two of the limited edition bottles sold at auction, for £260 each.
Les Stewart, Treasurer of Oban Lifeboat Fundraising Committee, says: ‘After all our expenses the 240 bottles made about £40,000 profit, it has been incredibly successful and we really can’t thank the Green Welly Stop and Birchwood enough for their help.
‘We sold every single bottle that we put out for sale in just three weeks.
‘It seems to indicate to me that the demand out there for high quality whisky is exceptional. We are expecting demand for our £1 prize draw tickets to be high.’
Wisely, the committee decided to keep some bottles produced from the hogshead back from immediate sale, to try and raise more funds by drip feeding the whisky into future specialist auctions and prize draws.
Anyone interested in buying prize draw tickets should contact Oban Lifeboat Fundraising Committee Secretary Moira Kerr on 01631 563733. These tickets are set to fly.
Photograph: Les Stewart – showing Andrew Mead of Oban Lifeboat volunteer crew accepting the cheque from Edward and Fiona Robertson of The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum.