“Buy Benaiah” reaches fifty per cent milestone

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A charity fundraising campaign to purchase a Stewartfield recovery home for woman and children has raised 50 per cent of its target.

Teen Challenge North East Scotland has raised £270,000 in their quest to buy its female centre Benaiah which they currently rent.

The figure has been reached thanks to supporters organising various fundraising events and through two initiatives undertaken by Teen Challenge North East Scotland’s Area Manager, Gordon Cruden.

Gordon said: “To have reached 50% of our target, just one year in to a five year campaign, is a great achievement and thanks to the kindness and generosity of our supporters.

“Through the Hungry for the Homeless and Addicted Challenge, in particular, really taking off on social media, people from all across the world were inspired and stirred by what we’re doing and donated to the campaign.”

In 2015 Gordon completed the Hungry for the Homeless and Addicted Challenge, where he voluntarily made himself homeless and slept rough in six cities across 30 days.

Benaiah is the only facility in the north of Scotland where mothers can live with their children while in recovery.

In many cases, mother and child are separated with the infant being placed in care.

Teen Challenge, however, are able to bring children into Benaiah, allowing mothers and child to remain together.

The centre can also accommodate pregnant women with addictions.

Gordon said: “At the heart of all this are broken families and hurting women and we want to see as many as possible restored and set free.”