Fraid so, Eun.
When I helped set up an artists organization in the mid 90's, the lions share of work fell to me and another artist. It all fell apart after about a year coz trying to organize artists is worse than herding cats!
Likewise with fighting my Housing Association. 3 yrs ago they tried to put up our service charges from an already extortionate £12.70 per week to an eye-watering £18.22
I wasn't having that, so me and a fellow tenant set up a resident's association. The meetings became less and less well attended, until we didn't even have enough for a quorum. Me and fellow tenant said, "**** 'em, let's take the HA to the Land Valuation Tribunal on our own."
We did, we won, and our service charges are now a fair and affordable £7.36 per week, and not the £20+ they would've been by now if me and X hadn't worked our arses off to the bone getting proof, etc.
Plus, get this, the LVT ruled we had been overcharged for years, and the HA had to pay back over £100,000 to the tenants. That worked out at £736 per tenant for those who had been there since 2005; a proportion thereof for others.
There's still some money left from this pot from ex-tenant's who can't be traced. As I'm still formally secretary to our pathetically passive resident's association, I just might ignore them and suggest to the Head of Finances (he wants it to go to charity) that he gives it to Carers UK.
So let Robert know that even amongst able bodied 'fighters' it always falls to a few determined 'nutters' to see things through to the bitter end. But if he succeeds he will know a sense of achievement unlike no other.
I can still remember vividly reading the LVT letter and their findings in our favour. I was shocked, gobsmacked and high as a kite; all at the same time!!??XX##
All those hours, and hours, and hours pouring over past S/C statements, propping my eyes open with matchsticks (not really, but you get the general picture) armed with nothing more than a 79p calculator, were worth it!!!!
Even if we'd failed, I knew that I'd given it my all... that too is worth it's weight in gold.
And so too should Robert realise this. What he has achieved so far is amazing. As his dad you must be SOOooo proud of him. Mind you, it just goes to show that the disabled are as willing as the abled to leave the hard work to 'nutters.'
And that's the way of the world. Probably always has been, probably always will be.
Don't let the nay sayers, or avoiders get him down!