A north-east charity has received a welcome boost of £2,000 to support its work to help men and women out of the nightmare of addiction.
TechnipFMC donated the money to Teen Challenge North East Scotland after the safe completion of projects onboard its Deep Orient vessel.
For the achievement, the ship’s crew were given the opportunity to nominate charities to receive donations.
Second engineer John Ross chose Teen Challenge.
The money will be used to help fund the running of Teen Challenge’s two residential addiction recovery centres; men’s facility, Sunnybrae, near Fyvie, and women’s refuge, Benaiah, near Mintlaw.
At both centres, residents complete the faith-based Teen Challenge 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.
Benaiah is the only residential centre in Scotland that allows mothers to continue living with their children while the parent work on their recovery.
Youngsters are able to stay at the centre full time, allowing the mother to address personal issues and create a better life for her and her child.
Mr Ross said: “I have been aware of the work of Teen Challenge North East Scotland for a number of years and know that addiction is still, sadly, an issue in my hometown, Fraserburgh.
“I have seen people recover from their addiction issues but know that there are still men and women in need of support.
“When the opportunity came up to nominate a charity for the £2,000 donation, due to the safe completion of projects on the Deep Orient, I decided to nominate Teen Challenge North East Scotland.
“I am delighted the nomination has been accepted and the charity will receive the contribution to help in its work to support hurting men and women out of addiction.”
Area Manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, Gordon Cruden, commented: “We’re extremely grateful to TechnipFMC, and particularly thankful to the crew on the Deep Orient, for this kind donation towards our work to give hope and help to hurting men and women.
“The contribution is particularly timely. In recent years, charities across the length and breadth of the UK have felt the impact of austerity measures and we’re no different, with a significant financial deficit being created.
“On top of that, costs relating to the running of our recovery homes continue to rise with, for example, new staff training requirements being introduced, meaning that actually more money is needed.
“Donations such as this are, therefore, more vital than ever to help plug the funding gap and to assist us in supporting more people to find freedom from addiction.”