Volunteer probation officer of 42 years among 131 volunteers honoured with MSF Volunteer Awards
At the tender age of 15, the young boy's future already looked bleak: He was on probation for shoplifting, had a drunk as a father and no role models among his four unemployed older siblings.
Then stepped in Mr Surjan Singh, a volunteer with the then Community Probation Service. His first step? Finding the boy his first job, as a ship electrician.
That was in 1974. Today, the boy is happily married and still keeps in touch with Mr Singh, now 82.
The former teacher who retired in 1986, is clocking his 42nd year as a volunteer.