Transformation from a life of crime to charity work
A young Eastbourne man who spent his younger years living a life of crime has spoken about becoming a reformed character and his involvement with A Band of Brothers.
Elliott Moore, 23, a T-shirt designer, started getting into trouble at a young age.
He told the Herald, “The first time I went to prison I was 14, it was a detention centre in Bristol. By that time, I’d got involved with burglary to fund my drug use. I spent my fifteenth birthday locked up, I remember my family coming in with a cake. I thought I wouldn’t go back but I did and the excitement from crime only increased. I have now got 70 offences to my name and 45 convictions. Which I am not proud of but I cannot change so I tend not to think about them.”
Elliott became a dad to a little girl called Ria when he was 19 and he started to change his life for the better.
He is now involved with a charity called A Band of Brothers, which is partially funded by Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, and helps young men from all walks of live. The charity has a mentoring system.
Elliott said, “My mentor, Anthony, really helped me express myself differently, in a more positive way.
“He taught me some breathing techniques too which really helps me cope with my anxiety.”
Elliott hopes to work with children who are getting in to trouble at school and is doing some community work with A Band of Brothers. This Christmas he helped cook for the homeless.
He is currently working to develop a t-shirt design company and asks anyone who can help to get in touch via abandofbrothers.org.uk.
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