Award for Sheffield mentor who turned life around

Keith Dewsnap (second left) receives his Admiration Award from Nasim Malhotra (left), Director of Planning and Operations at Path to Success, watched by Sheffield United's Tony Currie (third left) and Kevin Bradley, St Wilfrid's Centre Director. The presentation took place at the St Wilfrid's Centre, Queens Road, Sheffield.
Keith Dewsnap (second left) receives his Admiration Award from Nasim Malhotra (left), Director of Planning and Operations at Path to Success, watched by Sheffield United's Tony Currie (third left) and Kevin Bradley, St Wilfrid's Centre Director. The presentation took place at the St Wilfrid's Centre, Queens Road, Sheffield.
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A Sheffield dad who turned his life around after having a nervous breakdown has been given a prestigious award.

Keith Dewsnap reached rock bottom – living alone, depressed and barely able to leave the house – after his marriage collapsed and he lost his job.

The former mechanic, of Manor Park, took part in a 12-week course with mental health services, but when that ended felt like he was back at square one.

However, when he was referred to the St Wilfrid’s Centre for vulnerable and excluded people in Highfield, his life began to get back on track.

He used his manual skills to make football clocks supplied to clubs such as Sheffield United and learned new skills such as graphic design, laser cutting and producing banners.

Now the 57-year-old is paid as a mentor, helping others on the same road to recovery that he experienced.

Father-of-two Keith was presented with an admiration award from London-based charity Path to Success this week.

“Keith’s story is remarkable and it shows how anyone can turn their lives around,” said Kevin Bradley, director at the centre on Queens Road.

“I believe that here at St Wilfrid’s we have really found the secret of making people feel better.”

Keith, one of two new recruits at the workshop, said earlier this year: “In January I bought a calendar and at the top I wrote ‘this is the beginning of a great year’. That’s my outlook now.”

Path to Success provides funding and grants to other charities for the relief of sickness and ill health conditions.