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Kevin Preston

Artist

Kevin Preston

Kevin has been drawing and painting since he was six years old. He recently rediscovered his passion for art through his Help for Heroes recovery programme, as he explained: “I joined the Army at 17 and became a Coldstream Guard – a very proud part of my life. I served in Northern Ireland where I injured my back while out on patrol 1982, and I've had nothing but trouble ever since. I've had four spinal operations and to top it off I suffered a stroke.

“When I left the Army, I struggled to cope with civilian life. I drank heavily and became depressed, and self-medicated to numb the pain I was in. Back then, we didn’t have Help for Heroes, or much military service help. I stopped drinking 18 years ago, which helped me to start my recovery and I heard about Help for Heroes through a friend.

“I've been in Help for Heroes recovery programme for over three years and it’s been brilliant. I've been able to do things I couldn’t do before like my art work. It's like being back in the army with like-minded people.”

"I have a lot more belief in myself and this is all down to the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Plymouth, where I belong to the art group and enjoy every minute of my recovery."
Kevin Preston

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