Efforts take a step closer

The purchase of Benaiah near Mintlaw has taken a step closer thanks to a fundraising campaign.
The purchase of Benaiah near Mintlaw has taken a step closer thanks to a fundraising campaign.

A north-east charity’s efforts to purchase an addiction recovery centre for women has taken a major step forward.

Teen Challenge North East Scotland has made a payment of £178,333 – one third of the £535,000 asking price – for female facility, Benaiah, near Mintlaw.

The centre – which allows mothers to continue living with their children while they complete the 48-week addiction recovery programme, Teen Challenge – is currently rented.

However, the purchase of the property would mean the charity could provide hurting women with residential support on a permanent basis.

Teen Challenge launched a five-year campaign to raise the £535,000 earlier this year and, as part of the fundraising drive, the charity’s area manager, Gordon Cruden, is about to tackle a dangerous homeless challenge.

Gordon is set to experience the harsh realities of life on the streets by voluntarily becoming homeless for a month

Commencing on Wednesday, October 21, he will sample the cold and often brutal life of a homeless person.

The initiative comes hot on the heels of Gordon successfully completing the Euro Bike Challenge – an audacious attempt to cover 47 countries, across the length and breadth of Europe, by motorcycle in just 30 days.

Gordon commented: “We only launched our five year campaign to raise £535,000 earlier this year, so to be able to make a £178,333 payment after just eight months is extremely encouraging.

“This is all thanks to the phenomenal support that we receive from our friends and partners.”