Area Manager shortlisted for national charity award

Teen Challenge North East Scotland’s Area Manager, Gordon Cruden, has been recognised for his mammoth fundraising efforts by a national awards initiative.

Gordon was shortlisted in the ‘Fundraising Hero’ category of the ‘Our Heroes Awards’; organised by the Daily Record to honour ordinary people for extraordinary achievements.

Gordon was nominated for the award by journalists at The Daily Record in recognition of his ‘Buy Benaiah’ fundraising – a campaign to raise £535,000 to purchase north-east women’s addiction recovery refuge, Benaiah.

The centre – which is located in rural Aberdeenshire, providing a peaceful retreat where women suffering from addictions can take time out to rebuild their lives – had previously been rented.

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

Gordon commented: “It was great to be short-listed for the ‘Fundraising Hero’ award. However, while I was personally nominated I saw it as very much recognition of a true team effort.

“People from across the country, and indeed across the world, organised and completed fundraising activities, which all helped us to Buy Benaiah and be able to support many more women to break free from the nightmare of addiction.”