Meldrum man raises plight of homeless

Gordon Cruden will be sleeping rough in five cities to highlight homelessness.
Gordon Cruden will be sleeping rough in five cities to highlight homelessness.

A North-east man is to sleep rough in five cities in a bid to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and money for charity.

Gordon Cruden, who lives in Oldmeldrum, will be living on the streets as part of the ‘Hungry for the Homeless and Addicted’ challenge.

It will allow me to feel the harsh realities homeless people have to deal with

Gordon Cruden Fundraiser

Mr Cruden will be without money, food, shelter, spare clothes, or a bed for 30 days, and he will will experience homeless life in London, Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh.

Throughout the challenge, which started yesterday (Wednesday), he will meet people sleeping rough, find out what led to their situation, and tell their stories through Facebook.

His own progress will also be updated on social media.

Mr Cruden, area manager of addiction recovery charity Teen Challenge North East Scotland, is also trying to raise funds for the purchase of female addiction recovery centre, Benaiah, near Mintlaw.

The campaign, Buy Benaiah, has raised around a third of the £535,000 total so that the charity can buy the property to provide women with residential support on a permanent basis.

Mr Cruden, originally from Fraserburgh, said: “It’s one thing to hear about people’s problems, but it’s another thing to feel. It will allow me to feel the harsh realities homeless people have to deal with.

“All kinds of circumstances can play a part in pushing people on the streets, but at the centre of each case you’ll find a lonely and hurting individual desperately in need of help and support.

“We often welcome people from the streets into our addiction recovery facilities so I also aim to raise cash for Benaiah, where broken women can have their lives dramatically changed.”