by Simon MacMichael December 8 201
Maxwell Emmanuel lost his job after diagnosis and now bases himself at Cyclehoop’s Liverpool St Deluxe Repair Station…
A Facebook post about a bike mechanic who lost his job at Halfords and his home after he was diagnosed with cancer and is now fixing people’s bikes outside Liverpool Street station in London has gone viral, being shared more than 1,400 times on the social network in the past month.
On 9 November, Karun Chhokar posted (link is external)that he had gone to a Cyclehoop Deluxe Repair Station by the bike racks at the station with his brother Saran, whose front brake needed replacing.
There, they discovered 56-year-old Maxwell Emmanuel, originally from Guyana, who offered his services to them and also fixed a puncture for a Deliveroo rider who had stopped to see what was going on.
“We all got chatting and established that he used to be a bike mechanic at Halfords,” Chhakar wrote.
“Unfortunately, Maxwell was diagnosed with cancer in the bladder last year. Therefore, he could not work during the period of having his bladder removed and going through chemotherapy treatment, so he lost his job.
“Subsequently, Maxwell had no income to pay his rent and once he actually beat cancer, there was no other choice for him but to live on the streets.”
For fixing the brake and the puncture, Maxwell made £15, and since the news spread, Cyclehoop says that more than 20 people have approached him and offered him donations in exchange for repairs to their bikes.