23 August 2019

Ian Maddocks, a new member of staff at the YMCA, recently became the WKO Thai Boxing World Champion.

Just 4 years ago, Ian was living on the streets, addicted to drugs and alcohol. He had lost his family and his job and realised he needed to turn things around.

Ian says he’s now in the best mental and physical shape he’s ever been, he has a great job and is training as a counsellor.

What’s his advice to anyone who finds themselves facing the issues that he was? “Seek help, believe in yourself because you are worth it, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Go and achieve your dreams!”