Abob (A Band Of Brothers) formed in Crawley three years ago and have made a huge difference to so many lives in more ways than one. For the last four weeks they have been another selfless mission.
Who are Abob?
‘abandofbrothers’ is a charity established by men committed to positive social change through personal development and community building.
The organisation was born out of concern at the continuing escalation of self-destructive and anti-social behaviour among young men from every section of society, together with the realisation that any meaningful and sustainable solution entails the reclamation of shared local responsibility
Lynsey Ingold of West Green sent Abob a message when the council leaned on her to get her garden sorted. It had become overgrown and neglected and in need of some tlc. Lynsey was also keen on her children being able to play in the garden together on sunny days, which was currently not feasable. Abob went to meet Lynsey to find out more. Lynsey explained her son Logan has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and so her need for a garden he could use was important. Logan will eventually be restricted to a wheelchair so the requirements where all about accessibility now and in the future.
What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?
There are around 2,500 people in the UK living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
DMD is an inherited (genetic) condition which affects the muscles, causing muscle weakness. It is a serious condition which starts in early childhood. The muscle weakness is mainly in the ‘proximal’ muscles, which are those near the trunk of the body, around the hips and the shoulders. This means that fine movements, such as those using the hands and fingers, are less affected than movements like walking.
The muscle weakness is not noticeable at birth, even though the child is born with the gene which causes it. The weakness develops gradually. It usually shows up in early childhood. Symptoms are mild at first but increase as the child becomes older.
The name Duchenne comes from the doctor who first studied this condition.
The Abob team spent four weekends digging, tidying, planting, laying and making the garden look amazing. It was important to make it wheelchair friendly as Logan will be spending a lot of time in his wheelchair so needed to be able to get around freely.
The garden went from this…..to this! Wait until the end to see Logan’s reaction…priceless. Mum Lynsey was overjoyed and couldn’t thank those who helped and donated for all they had done. Abob went that one further when they heard that the day before the completion of the garden, it was Logan’s sister, Maddie’s birthday, so they sang happy birthday and gave her a special surprise present….take a look at the video to find out what they gave Maddie.
These amazing men gave up their time totally voluntarily to do something to help someone else. They are all on a journey of discovery in their lives and have taken the decision to change its direction, for the better. Abob gives them the tools, wisdom, friendship, understanding and love to help them along this journey. We have had the honour of being involved with Abob since they started in Crawley and are constantly humbled and impressed with the work they do and how they do it. We honour them all. Long may you last!