New life for ex-soldier found in bin

Former soldier Kevin Arscott who has found an apprenticeship with carpenter Charlie Ford
Former soldier Kevin Arscott who has found an apprenticeship with carpenter Charlie Ford
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A former soldier who was discovered sleeping rough in a bin says he ‘couldn’t ask for more’ after being taken on as an apprentice by a local carpenter.

Kevin Arscott, 30, was found sleeping in the wheelie bin at the Cafe in the Woods in Wendover Woods by cafe owner Jon Warbrick in November.

He had been forced to hunt wild rabbits while living in the woods.

After Jon put him in touch with to the Aylesbury Homeless Action Group, he was temporarily housed and began volunteering at the Vineyard Church in Gatehouse Close, Aylesbury, where he was introduced to congregation member and carpenter Charlie Ford just before Christmas.

Now former Grenadier Guard Kevin is working full time as Charlie’s apprentice and is renting a room in a flat share near Morrisons in the town centre.

Charlie, 42, of Beresford Avenue, Aylesbury, said: “Kev’s a good lad, a hard worker and down to Earth. I trust him.”

The pair have formed such a friendship that Kevin spent Christmas with Charlie, his wife Claire, 36, and their three daughters Alana, 13, Charley, 10 and six-year-old Jenna, who call him ‘Uncle Kev’.

But it’s not just a new job for Kevin, but a new hobby after he was headhunted to star in a play which showcases the stories of real-life war veterans, produced by Bravo 22 Company in partnership with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

Rehearsals begin on February 3 and Kevin says it feels ‘amazing’ to be part of a production backed by Hollywood star Ray Winstone.

Kevin said: “Everything that’s happened in the last few months has been mind-blowing. Charlie and his family have been so supportive and I can’t thank them enough.”