When Ben was 12, his best friend died in a stabbing. Fearing for his own safety, he started carrying a knife for protection.
Two years later, Ben got in a fight and pulled his knife thinking this would protect him. It only made the situation worse and he was stabbed several times in the back. He almost died.
While Ben was recovering in hospital, his girlfriend made him realise that things had to change. She helped him see that, for the sake of his family, he needed to put down the knife.
He made the decision to join the millions of young people that live knife free.
Now, as well as looking after his family, Ben spends time fixing and riding BMX bikes – a passion he says gives him the headspace he needs, and helps him see the possibilities in front of him.
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