An enterprising Tayside youngster has turned his interest in jewellery design into a thriving cottage industry which is raising funds for children living with kidney conditions.
What started as a pastime during sleepovers at his granny’s house when he was seven has blossomed into a lucrative hobby for Struan Butler.
Now 12, his attention to detail and love of the intricate beadwork resulted in him gaining his first wedding commission for a bridal party last year to create bracelets for the bridesmaids and flower girls.
Struan, a first year pupil at Forfar Academy, sells his work at local craft fairs after personally sourcing the coloured beads needed for his creations.
Proud mum Cherie said: “My mum, Vicki Farquhar, loves making jewellery and it was when Struan was staying for a sleepover that he saw what she was doing and asked if he could have a shot. He sells his pieces at Christmas fairs and craft fairs.
“He also donates a percentage of his profit to Kidney Kids Scotland.”
Cherie explained Struan chose to donate funds to help children living with kidney conditions as his older brother, Adam, had one of his kidneys removed when he was 11.
The Scottish charity is the only one which supports children with renal/urology illness and their families. Its main aim is to enable children to receive treatment as close to home as possible.
Struan has set up a Facebook page, Struan’s Jewellery, which showcases some of his creations, from bracelets and necklaces to pendants and earrings.
He is now hoping to use his interest in design and his love of technology to build on his business success.