A heartwarming Hackney Christmas story

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In the hoop: Karun Chhokar with homeless mechanic Maxwell Emmanuel

SOMETIMES a chance encounter can lead to good things, as when young  entrepreneur Karun Chhokar happened to talk to a homeless man near Liverpool Street station.

Maxwell Emmanuel, 56, originally from Guyana, was a bike mechanic. But after a diagnosis of cancer, and then a course of chemotherapy and the removal of his bladder, he lost his job.

The cancer treatment worked but, unable to pay the rent, Emmanuel decided he had no choice but to doss down on the streets.

Chhokar’s brother, Saran, needed a brake replaced on his bicycle, which Emmanuel immediately took care of, using Cyclehoop’s nearby deluxe repair station, which provides cyclists the facilities to make repairs on the spot, at no charge.

Cycling past a tram stop may have a propagandist name in Strasbourg, France. Hearts On Fire cycle tour (Rhine source to sea-mouth): 200915 © david.altheer
Rights of man: a Strasbourg tram stop seems to see biking as a human right

A passing delivery cyclist asked Emmanuel to fix a puncture. Soon he had fitted a new brake and repaired the puncture, earning £15.

Since Chhokar shared the incident on social media, people have gone to Emmanuel at the repair station to offer him a donation for his work.

Chhokar wants to find Emmanuel permanent accommodation and regular work.

HoF15©DA: Rough road / track surface of cinders: high puncture danger. Germany. Hearts On Fire cycle tour (Rhine source to sea-mouth): 300915 © david.altheer@gmail.com
The thrill of cycling: gratituitous pic of one of the Loving Dalston fleet

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* Karun Choker  who has set up a charity, the CC Foundation, is holding a food/clothes donation point in the High Street, Brentwood, Essex CM14, on Saturday 16 Dec 2017.

* Backstory: East End shut-out?Cycopathic? No bike pathWhy women get off the bike; Hackney promises 20mph limit by 2015Hackney safe junction scheme opens and Cycling tsar talks the safety talk

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