I believe I am alive because I have helped people.

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Portrait of Chanan, a South Asian elder

Chanan's background

Chanan came to the UK in the late 1960s, never intending to stay permanently. He has been involved in politics from an early age and was an active union member. He had his first heart attack in 1978, and now has a number of illnesses and cannot walk unaided. He lives with his wife, Joginder, son, daughter-in-law and two young grandchildren.

Chanan is very passionate about the loss of services, in particular the loss of culturally appropriate services. For him, "good family support has been my saviour. I wouldn't be here without them."

He also believes that it is vital to always give back to others. Even as he was recovering from his stroke he felt it was his duty to assist others who were less fortunate than himself.

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