Homeless campaigner sleeping rough around UK

Gordon Cruden

A Scottish homeless campaigner who is sleeping rough on the streets of major UK cities for a month to raise money for charity is returning to the north-east for the final leg of his tour.

Gordon Cruden left his home in Fraserburgh on October 21 to spend 30 days in doorways to raise money for the Teen Challenge project in Mintlaw.

Today, the 48-year-old will begin a three-day spell sleeping rough in Aberdeen city centre – the final days of his mission.

Mr Cruden posted a message on social media last night to say that he will visit the Social Bite cafe in Union Street to find out about their work with local homeless people.

So far the homelessness initiative has helped raise more than £200,000 for the Teen Challenge project near Mintlaw.

He began sleeping rough in London, before he moved on to Cardiff, Belfast Edinburgh, to highlight the problems faced by homeless people and boost efforts to secure a permanent base for the project’s female addiction-recovery course, which allows mums to live with their children during a 48-week programme.

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