The Paula Carr Diabetes Trust is delighted to be supporting Fixing Dad, the film featuring Geoff Whitington, a patient at the Paula Carr Diabetes Centre in Ashford. We wish the Whitington family every success with the launch of this fantastic film which will be raising valuable funds for the Trust.
About Fixing Dad
Fixing Dad is the story of a man whose lifestyle choices caught up with him until his two sons resolved to save him.
Geoff was overweight, over-worked and resigned to a premature death from a catalogue of health conditions. In November 2013 his doctor felt he and Geoff needed to talk about the possibility of foot amputation due to his type 2 diabetes. The arch of one foot had already collapsed as a result of Charcot’s foot (a complication associated with diabetes) and the other foot was developing ulcers due to poor circulation. It was at this point that his sons, Anthony and Ian, decided that their own lives had to wait and they embarked on a mission to restore their dad’s health and enjoyment of life.
They soon discovered that there were no quick fixes. They had to battle with decades of engrained and destructive habits and negativity, locked in place with almost superhuman stubbornness. In order to correct the health conditions, they had to overhaul every aspect of their dad’s lifestyle. They decided to see if they could bend his resolute single-mindedness to their own ends as they attempted to get him in the best health of his life and reinstate him in his former post as their childhood hero. They called upon their film making experience to document their progress and help keep an ever-watchful eye on their dad and a compelling film began to take shape.
In over a year of honest and intimate filming we watch the two brothers struggling to transform their dad from an obese, barely mobile night time security guard to a fighting fit endurance cyclist, public speaker and health activist. Gradually Geoff has become determined to inspire and improve the health of others alongside his own. His sons, with their humour, support and determination prove that those we love make us strong and that a life we love is worth fighting for.