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Turra Market ready to boost north-east causes


By Kirsty Brown

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North-east good causes are set to benefit from the opening of a new charity shop in Turriff.

Out of the ashes of North East Scotland Support For Romania (NESSR), which closed at the end of last year after a decade of helping others, the Turra Market has been born in the former Outreach building on Balmellie Street.

The building is now shared between Turra Market and Light House youth group.

Turra Market - led by Stewart Whyte, Michael Hendry and Joan Stephen - sells a variety of second hand goods including clothes, books, bric a brac and furniture.

The money raised through sales will be donated to local projects in the north-east, with the committee behind Turra Market selecting a different group to receive each month's proceeds.

They are also looking at non-financial ways that they can support those in need.

Volunteers Stewart Whyte and Michael Hendry at the opening of Turra Market. Picture: Kirsty Brown
Volunteers Stewart Whyte and Michael Hendry at the opening of Turra Market. Picture: Kirsty Brown

Stewart Whyte said: "We were all sad to see NESSR go, not only for the good that it did but also for the social aspect.

"People don't necessarily realise the social side of things like this, everybody is friends and some people really rely on these kinds of opportunities.

"We have had a great deal of support already from both people and businesses, which we are very grateful for.

"Our first week has been really promising.

"We have a good team of volunteers but of course we're always looking for more people to join us."

The shop is split into two sections, with the front shop as you enter the building and then the former rifle range converted into the back shop which leads to the furniture area.

The group also have a number of ideas for the future of Turra Market with the hope of making it 'more than just a charity shop'.

Turra Market is open from 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.


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