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Fund-raising champion set to open Buckie community store

By Alan Beresford

A FINALIST in SPP's Community Heroes awards this year is putting the finishing touches to a new venture she hopes will help improve quality of life for local people in a number of ways.

Jane Murray's new community shop is set to open soon.
Jane Murray's new community shop is set to open soon.

Jane Murray made it to the last three in the Community Champion section for her fund-raising work but is now on the threshold of opening her new project, the Buckie Community Shop, which is due to open its doors for the first time at 9am on Monday, October 7.

Looking forward to the big day, Mrs Murray said: "The Buckie Community Shop has been formed in the hope that it improves the quality of life in the local community through the sale of donated goods, such as clothes, shoes, bric a brac, jewellery, electrical goodsand small furniture.

"We'll be looking to offer funding to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations will not be considered.

"The type of projects we're interested in are those that improve our community. We are particularly interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting the community. We will not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work.

"To apply, just pop into the shop and ask for a grant application form, which should be returned as soon as possible. All applications will be considered and the successful ones will be contacted directly.

"We are also hoping to support local fund-raising groups by advertising their events and selling raffles or tickets on their behalf (groups would be allocated specific dates for this) dependant on permissions being granted from relevant parties."

The shop is located at 47 West Church Street in the town, with opening hours scheduled to be Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. For enquiries, call Mrs Murray on 07525 092946 or email buckiecommunityshop@gmail.com

Mrs Murray has 10 years experience behind her as shop manager of the Red Cross in Buckie and also musical director with Buckie and District Community Choir who have given away over £10,000 to local groups since being founed five years ago.

The choir has also funded four defibrillators for the villages of Findochty, Portknockie, Portessie and Portgordon.

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