Target met to buy Benaiah

Teen Challenge manger Gordon Cruden announced last week that they had reached their target to buy Benaiah.
Teen Challenge manger Gordon Cruden announced last week that they had reached their target to buy Benaiah.

A bid to buy a women’s recovery centre in Buchan has finally reached its target, just  two years after setting the challenge of raising £535,000.

Teen Challenge kicked-off the fundraising efforts back in 2015 in a bid to purchase Benaiah, near Mintlaw, a centre where women can stay with their children while recovering from addiction.

Teen Challenge manager, Gordon Cruden, took on a number of epic fundraisers in a bid to boost the coffers - European bike challenge, Hungry and Homeless, two bike rides across America and Australia and a People’s CrossWalk.

Now, following the completion of the bike trek in Oz, Gordon was delighted to announce that they had achieved the fundraising goal.

Posting on Facebook he said: “After two-and-a-half years and five challenges I’m spent.

“I can now announce we have raised £535,000 to actually buy Benaiah. I am absolutely thrilled.

“I did these challenges for three reasons - to raise awareness of hurting people, especially women caught in the trap of addiction; to Buy Benaiah and lastly, for the challenge.

“I’ve had amazing support for our campaign and its overwhelming how so many people have sacrificed to make it a success.

“Thank you from me and from all the ladies from Benaiah past, present and future and also their families.

“We ran, and with God’s help, we did it,” he added.