Hartlepool man sheds pounds with help of his employer

Graham, left, and fellow fitness campaigner Scott Graham.
Graham, left, and fellow fitness campaigner Scott Graham.

A Hartlepool man has paid tribute to his work bosses after their support helped him succeed on a health programme.

Graham Rochester, 37, took part in East Durham company Metromail’s weight loss and cycling to work programmes and shed 2½ stone.

Metromail really encourages people to be more health conscious, which totally helped me personally. Alan Purvis, our MD, is a massive cycling fan and is infectiously enthusiastic about it, offering advice and support for people

Graham Rochester

The data programmer said: “I tried losing weight by going to the gym and all the usual things people try to do to lose weight, but my heart wasn’t in it so it wasn’t working properly.

“I decided to take part in the health schemes at work and I started cycling to work most days. I went from being 13½ stone to 11 stone, and I feel infinitely better in myself.

“Metromail really encourages people to be more health conscious, which helped me personally.

“Alan Purvis, our managing director, is a massive cycling fan and is infectiously enthusiastic about it, offering advice and support for people.”

MetroMail won silver in the North East Better Health At Work Awards.

The team, which works to deliver thousands of mail items each week using high-tech machinery, scooped the award after impressing judges with a string of health and wellbeing activities.

These included a weight-loss programme with a weigh-in each Friday, handing out free fruit on Mondays, and over 40 per cent of the workforce taking part in a cycle-to-work scheme.