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Tour to Celebrate Bethany Anniversary

Wednesday July 4 2018

Bethany Christian Trust has announced a tour to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

The Edinburgh-based homelessness charity is visiting seven Scottish towns and cities in September with an evening of ‘reflection, celebration and vision’.

Details, including venues, are still to be confirmed but the tour will visit Aberdeen on September 11, Edinburgh on September 13, Glasgow on September 14, Leven on September 18, Bathgate on September 19, Dumfries on September 26 and Dundee on September 28.

All events are free but you can register at Eventbrite.

Bethany Christian Trust was established in 1983 by the Rev Alan Berry, a minister in Leith, Edinburgh. Working across Scotland, it provides emergency shelter and support for people on the streets (last winter’s Winter Care Shelter for Edinburgh and the Lothians provided beds and hot meals for over 700 people between October and April), resettlement help, and community projects combatting some of the causes of homelessness.

The charity just announced that director of operations Alasdair Bennett, is to become its new chief executive in August, after Iain Gordon stood down earlier this year.

Alasdair said: “I count it a great privilege to be able to serve in this way, to lead Bethany Christian Trust forward with an amazing team of staff and volunteers, who together with our partners will continue to make it our mission to relieve suffering and meet the long term needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland.

“The level of need in our society is not abating; rough sleeping, addiction, poor mental health, poverty and loneliness continue to cause damage in our communities, in families and in individual lives.

“I am passionate about extending our reach and support to respond in Christian love to the great need around us and to see thousands of living stories of impact and change, of suffering relieved and lives fulfilled.”


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