Pub regulars rally to help out former serviceman

A former Kettering serviceman who has been sleeping rough for nearly seven months was given a festive helping hand by regulars at a pub in Towcester.

Big Issue seller Andrew McGarry, 48, was safely housed in a rented bedsit in Towcester’s High Street, after regulars at a The Brave Old Oak, in Watling Street, launched a campaign to help him.

Not only did landlord David Cooper pay for Mr McGarry’s £200 deposit on his new flat, but his customers then held a Facebook whip-round to donate items so the former soldier could furnish it.

Mr McGarry said he had been overwhelmed by the response from the public.

He said: “I felt like a big kid again. It’s like I used to feel when I was a 12-year-old at Christmas. I can only say a massive thank you.”