By Tony Winterburn • 24 April 2020 • 10:16
PARKED close to an industrial estate in Oswestry in Shropshire, with the occasional interruption of a car horn or growling engine, it’s soon clear that Ben McKeown’s sacrifice is more profound than most.
For the last five weeks, the lorry driver from Carmarthenshire in Wales has been effectively working and living in a cab barely two metres wide and his only contact with his three young children is a daily video call and a brief glimpse of them through a window when he returns home to drop off a bag of laundry.
The decision was taken by Mr McKeown and his partner out of fear that he would bring the coronavirus home after doing long-distance deliveries. Their youngest son was born 10 weeks premature and is just three months old.
“We made a joint decision that it just wasn’t worth the possibility of me infecting Nicola or the kids so we decided I’ll live in the cab,” he says.
Mr McKeown says he is lucky to have a boss who is very supportive of him and he has made the high-end lorry cab his own, but he cannot wait to be back home with his family.
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