The power of friendship
Every now and then you meet someone who is determined to make a difference and not let tragedy define them.
Lyndon Hughes got in touch with us as she was aware of the work we had done with The Compassionate Friends. Lyndon's son, Gabriel, lost his life in an accident in Berlin in 2012. He was 18.
Lyndon hates the spotlight but was determined that Gabriel's legacy would help people. He had been accepted to join the Royal Marines and was looking forward to starting. Gabriel had lots of friends but was conscious never to leave anyone out or anyone behind. He had taught himself to play the guitar and absolutely loved spending time mastering his favourite pieces of music.
Gabriel's friends get together every year to celebrate his birthday and to remember him.
Gabriel's Friends is an extension of this. Gabriel’s Friends harnesses the healing power of music to help UK military personnel. They work principally with Royal Marines, but their support is open to all British veterans as well as serving men and women.
Together with excellent partners they run music workshops which enable military personnel to create music, regardless of their level. Their workshops aim to help those who are enduring illness or wounds to body, mind or spirit.
Their work is at an early stage and the website reflects this. It was designed so that it can grow with Gabriel's Friends as they take on more projects. The website also has a news and events section to keep supporters up-to-date with what is happening.