Christine Bleakley helps recognise achievements of reformed bicycle thief
Presenter Christine Bleakley this week hosted the premiere of a cycling scheme film featuring a former thief who now repairs bikes in Bethnal Green.
Shenol Shaddouh, 19, was just 13 years old when he began stealing bikes as part of a gang after being expelled from school in Islington.
When he was released from a spell in Feltham Young Offenders Institution, a resettlement worker introduced him to Bikeworks, a social enterprise in Bethnal Green.
Shenol now works full-time at Bikeworks, situated on Cambridge Heath Road in the former offices of the Docklands and East London Advertiser and Hackney Gazette.
He appears in a short film featuring young people who, through the Barclays-supported Cycle into Work scheme, have turned their lives around.
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The film premiered at the Barbican on Tuesday night, an event attended by Christine and double gold Olympic medallist at London 2012 Laura Trott.
Bikeworks co-founder Jim Blakemore explained that as a Barclays Cycling Ambassador, Christine had been part of the scheme for some while.
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He said: “It’s nice for her to still be involved and she made a great host as she was able to talk about [the scheme] with some real knowledge.”