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Salmon farmer helps nursery weather the outdoors. The wet days of winter will be a walk in the park for one group of west coast youngsters and their minders after a donation of colourful waterproofs.

Rainbow Child Care in Dunstaffnage near Oban, a nursery for three to five-year-olds, encourages outdoor play but the weather in the area can often prove a dampener.

With the prospect of rainy months ahead, the early learning group’s team sought help from local salmon farmer David Duffy, whose wife Jane works at the nursery.

As manager of Scottish Sea Farms’ Dunstaffnage farm, David understands what it’s like to battle the elements. He enlisted the support of the company’s Heart of the Community Trust to fund new sets of waterproof clothing for six members of the Rainbow staff and 60 children.

“Rainbow Child Care provides a fantastic learning experience to the children of Oban and surrounding areas and we were delighted to assist in keeping them and the staff team warm, dry and happy,” he said.

The all-weather gear was delivered in just over a month and comes in two distinct colours, 30 red and 30 navy, to keep the children in separate, Covid secure ‘bubbles’.

As Jane explained:

“Before Covid, a lot of our learning was outside but since the pandemic we’re outdoors 50 per cent of the time because it’s a safer environment.

“Our motto is we don’t go out if there is a yellow weather warning, but if it’s just rainy or windy we’ll be out in the open air.

“That means the children’s own suits can get soaked in the morning so having additional waterproofs to go back out in the afternoon is a godsend for us. We’re extremely grateful to Scottish Sea Farms.”

Manager Olivia Morgan said she and the whole nursery are thrilled with the results:

“Our staff team aspire to provide excellent outdoor experiences and are often forced to come in early as their outdoor clothing does not stand the test of time. This makes a big difference.”