£535,000 total raised to Buy Benaiah


Our fundraising campaign to purchase north-east women’s addiction recovery home, Benaiah, has reached its £535,000 target.

The achievement means the facility near Mintlaw can be bought, providing residential support for females on a permanent basis.

To date, Benaiah – where residents complete the year-long faith based addiction recovery programme Teen Challenge – has been rented.

Now, with the purchasing of the property, many more women will receive help to break free from life controlling addictions.

The fundraising campaign involved a host of different initiatives, led by our Area Manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, Gordon Cruden, who completed five mammoth challenges himself.

In November 2015, Gordon spent a month living on the streets for the Hungry for the Homeless and Addicted Challenge, sleeping rough in London, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh and Aberdeen over the course of a month.

Gordon also took to the road to undertake three motorbike challenges; The Euro Bike Challenge – 47 European countries in 30 days – in April 2015, the American Motorbike Challenge – 50 US States in 30 days – in June 2016, and most recently, the Australian Motorbike Challenge – a 10,000-mile circumnavigation of the country over 28 days – which he has just returned from.

Earlier this year, Gordon led supporters in the People’s Crosswalk Challenge: a 600-mile walk around Scotland, carrying a 12ft, 45lb cross.

The organisation has been encouraged by the way supporters have rallied to the cause with many people completing a range of challenges, from sky dives and sleep-outs to tea parties and shark dives, for the campaign.

Uniquely, Benaiah is the only facility in the north of Scotland where mothers can live with their children while they rebuild their lives, as a significant hurdle for mothers looking to enter a recovery centre is the prospect of what would happen to their children.

In many cases, mothers are separated from their children with the infant being placed in care.

At Teen Challenge, however, we are able to bring youngsters into Benaiah, allowing mothers and children to remain together.

The centre can also accommodate pregnant women with addictions, providing them with the opportunity to live free from substances and work towards a life of freedom.

Gordon commented: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have reached the £535,000 target needed to buy Benaiah. We had until 2021 to raise the funds so to be in this position three years ahead of schedule is a huge achievement.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the many people who have contributed to the campaign and we would like to say a huge thank you to each of them.”

“We now have a permanent recovery home in the north east of Scotland where women can come and find true freedom from addiction.”