A FORMER prison inmate who now acts as a mentor for young people has won an award for turning his life around.

Veteran boxer Simon Haworth struggled to adapt to life as a civilian after leaving the army ‘knowing nothing but how to use his fists’.

His life spiralled out of control, leading to a spell in prison, while at his lowest point Simon had no home, money or friends.

But the Lymm resident has now turned his life around and is working as a community champion at Lane End New Beginnings.

In his role, he coaches and mentors child and young people from across the north west.

Now he has been honoured at the NHS Learning Matters Awards North West, which recognise individuals who have improved other people’s and their own lives by returning to education.

Simon said: “I’m working hard, ready for the challenge and am so thankful that I have this opportunity to better my life and that of others.

“It’s like a dream come true.”