Sector Associates sponsors local girl
Sector Associates is committed to supporting local, worthy causes, so when he heard about local girl Abbie Bowes’ mission to raise money to support a charity close to her heart, Managing Director Jamie was keen to help.
Eight- year old Abbie, from Thirsk, was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) aged seven. FSHD is a rare form of muscular dystrophy that affects between 2,000 and 2,500 people in the UK. Abbie has trouble using her facial muscles, lifting her arms above her head and has winged scapula. She has a very positive attitude and won’t let a diagnosis define her.
Abbie has always wanted to be a doctor for as long as she can remember and now she hopes to become a specialise in the FSHD field, so she can draw on her own experience to support children affected by it in the future.
Abbie, supported by her family and friends, has set out to fund 100 hours of research into FSHD through her Family Fund with Muscular Dystrophy UK, in a campaign called ‘Abbie Can’.
Abbie’s stepfather, Antony Garbutt, said “Jamie asked if there was anything that Abbie needed directly. With her condition, it’s important to provide gentle, low-impact exercise to stimulate her muscles while minimising the risk of injury. Doctors advised that swimming would be best so Abbie has doubled up her swimming lessons – something she loves. Jamie offered to pay for the swimming lessons this year and I was blown away.”
Jamie Jenkinson, managing director of Sector Associates said: “As a father of two girls, Abbie’s story resonated with me straight away and I am pleased that Sector has been able to contribute in a small way. Abbie is a brave girl and I hope she enjoys her swimming lessons.”
For more information on FSHD see: https://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/about-muscle-wasting-conditions/facioscapulohumeral-muscular-dystrophy-fsh/
To find out more about the Abbie Can campaign, and to support it, see www.justgiving.com/campaign/abbiecan
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