Today I'd like to introduce you to some friends of mine - The Whitingtons, and most importantly to their incredible project 'Fixing Dad'. See for the last year or so, Anthony and Ian have been on a mission to support their type 2 diabetic dad, Geoff, turn his life around and secure him a better future... And they're filming the whole lot along the way.
I can't write it any better than they have, so please read their words below, watch the trailer and find out more here. I can't tell you how far they've come since this trailer was made, but I can assure you that this documentary is going to be truly special.
Welcome to Geoff's journey to a better life. Geoff is our Dad and he has some serious health conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and Charcot's Foot. At the start of our project, in late 2013, he weighed around 19 stone. He was being kept alive by a cocktail of drugs which thinned his blood, lowered his cholesterol, regulated his blood sugar, lowered his blood pressure and made him able to live in a body that was close to collapse.
He is currently 62 years old. He lives in Ashford with his wife Marilyn. He works as a security guard for 12 hours a night after retiring from his job as a telecommunications engineer which he did for 40 years.
Geoff is a nice guy, in fact he's possibly the nicest guy you'll ever meet. He'll give to the point of suffering himself and always puts others before him. Now he is in retirement with little money, severe health issues and a low quality of life. Geoff's working hours mean he has no hobbies or many close friends but he finds comfort in junk food, alcohol and working hard. It all started whilst working at BT where he was part of a heavy-drinking culture and became a member of the 'Fat Bastard Brigade', a group of men who prided themselves on drinking 18 plus pints a day.
We are Geoff's sons, Ian and Anthony. Our mission is to fix our Dad. He's given his life to ensure we or anybody close to him never went without. Now it's time for us to give back and give him the support he needs. We're using our film making experience to document our journey and this website as a resource for all the other people out there who have fallen victim to the temptations, stresses and let downs of life. If our journey to success inspires just one person to help another person get back on the right road we have done our job.
Join us over the next few months. Our dad's tried to sort himself out on several occasions over the last 20 years, but this time we are there to help motivate him. He's up for the challenge, so here goes!
To find out more about Geoff's story, head to the Fixing Dad website here.