Starfish Shoppie’s new store

Jane and Edwin Wiseman outside the recently-opened Starfish Shoppie in Fraserburgh.
Jane and Edwin Wiseman outside the recently-opened Starfish Shoppie in Fraserburgh.

A charity shop which raises funds for children in Kenya has opened a second store next to its existing premises in Fraserburgh.

The Starfish Shoppie, which opened in Fraserburgh 18 months ago, has now expanded its operations and hopes to raise even more money for disadvantaged children in the African country.

The charity shop opened its second store on August 5 and also has a store in Banff.

The Starfish Project has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years, raising enough to open a school and build a children’s home in Kenya.

The project is overseen in Kenya by Patrick Wanjiru, who is now an elected politician in the country.

Patrick’s grandmother assigned and donated part of her land on which the children’s home is now built.

The children’s home also has crops and livestock on the land, including cows, goats, chickens and sheep.

The home has electricity and a borehole for water, but much work still has to be done.

The project supports 12 children in total.

The Starfish Project took a number of children out of slums in 2006, moving them to rented properties in a nearby village. They were then moved to another village, due to high rental costs.

During this time the Starfish Project opened a school for the street children.

Jayne Wiseman runs the Starfish Shoppie in Fraserburgh and is due to visit Kenya this Christmas with her husband, Edwin. The couple will partake in eating goat meat for their tradition Kenyan Christmas dinner.

Also in the pipeline, Jayne hopes Patrick - who is a counsellor as well as an elected representative in Kenya - will be coming to visit Fraserburgh soon.

Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, Jayne said that Patrick will be undertaking a placement with the Banff and Buchan Area Manager’s team during his visit.

Commenting, Jayne said: “I’d really like to thank people for their support.

“We’re forever grateful for the constant support, new and old, from members of the public.

“The donations we’re now getting are enabling us to upcycle the items to give them a whole new look.

“Because the work we’re doing here is expanding, that means we’re able to expand our work in Kenya. And none of this would be possible without the support of people in the Broch and beyond.”

Jayne added that the Starfish Shoppie needed more floorspace due to the increasing number of donations. The two shops now have nine volunteers between them.

The Starfish Shoppie welcomes an artist, also called Jane Wiseman, to the shop where customers can put in orders for artworks.

If that wasn’t enough, the shop also has Ethel Reid from Pitullie who, with her knitting needles at the ready, produces ‘Cushions of the future’.

As well as three charity shops, the Starfish Project also organises school projects and group work from Portsoy to Cruden Bay.