Youngsters set to toddle for Benaiah

The Benaiah centre in rural Buchan run by Teen Challenge
The Benaiah centre in rural Buchan run by Teen Challenge

A group of Peterhead youngsters are set to take part in a unique charity walk in aid of a local women’s addiction recovery home.

A trio of mothers are organising ‘Toddle for Benaiah’ – a walk around the town to raise funds for local addiction charity, Teen Challenge North East Scotland.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 8, and will see the mums and youngsters set off from Lido Symposium, walk along the bottom of the prom then back up and along South Road, finishing at Lido Symposium, where each of the little participants will enjoy a celebratory juice.

The Toddle will raise funds for Teen Challenge’s ‘Buy Benaiah’ campaign; a five-year fundraising drive to raise the £535,000 required to buy women’s addiction recovery home, Benaiah, near Mintlaw.

The facility, which allows mothers to continue living with their children while they complete the faith-based recovery programme, Teen Challenge , is currently rented. However, the purchase of the property would mean the centre could continue to provide females with residential support on a permanent basis and, ultimately, help many more women break free from the horrors of addiction to live clean, free lives.

Organiser of Toddle For Benaiah, Louise More, explained what inspired her to come up with the initiative.

“I recently visited Benaiah and the second I walked into the centre I was overcome. I think people can have very bad views and opinions on addicts, but it hit home to me that the women in there are just like me – they have lives and they have feelings. When we left, for days all I could think about were the ladies in there and what I could do to help, so I asked my friends Sasha Buchan and Emma Lawson if they could help me organise an event to raise money for Buy Benaiah.

“As the three of us have two kids each, we thought about an event for children and came up with Toddle For Benaiah.”

To donate to Toddle for Benaiah, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Buy-Benaiah