A TAXI driver is on the road to weight loss.
Station Taxis is helping to steer cabbie Phil Dempster in the right direction to become Sunderland’s Biggest Loser.
The 53-year-old from Red House is one of the finalists in the year-long weight loss challenge launched by Fitness 2000 gym in Roker.
His employers, Station Taxis, are sponsoring Phil in the contest to help him raise funds for Macmillan Nurses.
Since entering the competition in March, Phil has dropped from 18st9lb to 16st3lb through a combination of dieting and exercise classes with trainers at the gym.
“I saw an article looking for entrants for the contest in the Echo and from that point on, I decided to change my life,” he said. “Friends have really noticed the difference in my appearance.
“And I’ve definitely noticed how much looser my clothing is, even my shoes feel bigger.”
Speaking about why he chose to raise funds for Macmillan, he said: “I’ve lost family and friends to cancer, and Macmillan have always been a great help.”
Natalie Bland, marketing assistant at Station Taxis, said: “We are delighted to support Phil by sponsoring him throughout Sunderland’s Biggest Loser. It’s great that Phil is so enthusiastic about turning his life around whilst raising money for an excellent cause.”
Les Ojugbana, owner of Fitness 2000, said: “The competition is going really well. As well as the set classes, the majority of the finalists are also coming in to use the gym in their spare time.
“Not only can you see a change in their bodies, but also in their faces, their attitude and their confidence. I’m over the moon for them.”
At the end of the year, the person who changes their body the most out of the Sunderland’s Biggest Loser finalists will win £1,000, a free gym membership, a photo shoot with David Lawson Photography and a hair makeover with Jen Deighton Hairdressers for the shoot.
l To sponsor Phil, visit www.justgiving.com/phillip-dempster