How a Shoreditcher scored a new laptop – free

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RETIRED PEOPLE are often said to moan pointlessly but when an ex-publican in Shoreditch had a problem he went to the heart of it – and got a great result.

David Crawford-Emery, above, left, was annoyed that when he tried to let his office via Hubble, a Bethnal Green Road site that matches startups and freelances to spare deskspace, he got nowhere.

His computer, an early-2000s Mac – now sometimes termed vintage – was not compatible with many digital 2.0 websites.

He told the team at Hubble that just because he was getting on a bit, he should not be excluded.

Crawford-Emery, who is 54, said: “If you want to appeal to the widest possible audience, you need to not forget the people like me.”

Adam Maskell, above, right, 29, Hubble’s community-support manager, rushed out and bought a new Chromebook laptop, along with state-of-the-art equipment.

He delivered it to Crawford-Emery ’s Leonard Street home, then set up the system – all at no charge.

Maskell said: “This inspired us to remember that our world is moving fast, but there are still plenty of people we need to make sure we are still accessible to.

“While many startups are trying to reach for the stars, it was great to remember to help our local community.”

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