An Ellon woman will take part in next Sunday’s Aberdeen KiltWalk to raise funds for addiction recovery charity Teen Challenge North East Scotland.
Sandra Coutie will tackle the 26-mile Mighty Stride on Sunday, June 3, setting off from Potarch Park at 9am and finishing at Duthie Park.
Funds raised by Sandra will be utilised by Teen Challenge at its women’s recovery home, Benaiah, near Mintlaw – where Sandra volunteers – and its men’s centre, Sunnybrae, near Fyvie.
At the centres, residents complete the charity’s faith-based programme, which is made up of a balanced mix of class-based studies, counselling sessions, personal reflection, work duties and recreation, helping students to become physically, emotionally and spiritually whole.
Both recovery homes are located in rural settings, offering peaceful retreats where those suffering from substance misuse can take time out to rebuild their lives.
Sandra said: "As a volunteer at Benaiah I am inspired by the work Teen Challenge is doing in the local area. In a previous job I met a lot of people with addictions and often their situations seemed hopeless. I now see women whose lives are transformed through completing the Teen Challenge programme and leave with real hope for the future."
Gordon Cruden, Area Manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, added: “We’re very proud of Sandra and we will be cheering her on this Sunday.
“We’re also extremely grateful that she has chosen to raise funds to help us in our work to see more and more men and women leave the misery of addiction behind them to start fresh, clean lives.”
To support Sandra, visit aberdeenkiltwalk2018.everydayhero.com/uk/sandra-8