Purpleman met a man profoundly affected by the Brussels bombings while delivering messages of love and support from York.
After watching Purpleman hand out free flowers to people in the Belgian capital, Chris, 29, approached him and explained that his nephew was one of those killed by the attack at the Maelbeek metro station.
It was the first time he had felt able to venture out since the March 22 atrocities. He was touched by Purpleman’s mission of peace and love – and thanked the people of York for reaching out.
You can see the emotional moment on the video below.
Purpleman collected messages of support while on his pitch in Stonegate, and donations for flowers. He bought those in Brussels and handed them out to everyone young and old.
Purpleman said the reception was amazing, and thanked everyone in York who had added messages and donations. “Love is always stronger than violence,” he said.