Teen challenge graduation ceremony

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A graduation service with a difference will take place in Fraserburgh next weekend.

Addiction recovery charity Teen Challenge North East Scotland will hold its 2015 ceremony on Saturday, March 14, to recognise an inspiring group of former addicts who have turned their lives around.

The event, at AOG Central Church on Queens Road, will see people from across the North-east come together to support men and women who have all completed the year-long recovery programme.

The women undertook the course at female residential centre, Benaiah, near Mintlaw, while the men completed the programme at the charity’s male facility, Sunnybrae, near Fyvie.

To finish the 48-week faith-based course is a hugely impressive achievement for the graduates, who all entered Teen Challenge with their lives in ruin.

Years of drink and drug abuse had taken their toll; ravaging their health, destroying their relationships with family and severely damaging any career ambitions they had.

Over the course of the programme, however, the individuals worked hard to rebuild their lives through participating in Bible-based studies, personal advice sessions and practical work duties.

Area Manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, Gordon Cruden, commented: “We’re delighted to be hosting our latest graduation ceremony. These are always fantastic nights, with friends and family coming together to celebrate with men and women who have worked incredibly hard to change their lives.

“We’ll have some great music, certificates will be presented, while attendees will also hear from the graduates themselves, with each of them set to take to the stage to share their own personal stories.”

At the event, Gordon will also discuss a mammoth fundraising challenge which he is set to embark upon.