Hezron Brown has overcome an early life of gang-related crime, to now becoming a Pride of Britain winner - and it all changed when a court judge made a decision that altered Hezron's path.
Hezron fell into a bath of boiling hot water when he was just five years old, and was left with severe burns on parts of his body. He was bullied at school and says he grew up feeling angry, turning to violence as a coping mechanism. He fell into gang-related crime, and ended up in court.
He was facing a jail sentence, when a judge asked him how he had ended up there - and she made the decision not to jail him. It proved to be a life-changing point in Hezron's life.
He went back to education, got a job in local theatre through The Prince's Trust, impressing many with his work ethic. He then became an ambassador for the charity, and now works to help steer thousands of young people away from gangs and violence, through regular academic talk visits.
“I knew gang culture was wrong but I had been on my own for so long, it was like a family to me. I’ve had guys try and stab me, guns to my head but it wasn’t until I was looking at up to 10 years in prison that I realised I needed to get out". >
"I go into schools, universities and pupil referral units and talk to young people. I tell them about my journey. It is so important for them to listen to someone they can relate to. I tell them that I may not be a professional but I know what I am talking about, because I have lived it. That earns me respect.”
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