Arriva’s own Kevin Derbyshire, 32 from Anfield has been on a mission to get fit for his son. Two years ago, Kevin became a father for the first time and decided he wanted to change his lifestyle for himself and his son Harlen.
Embarking upon this new lifestyle hasn’t just meant Kevin has been fitter and healthier, he’s also never been happier. He’s found a new confidence and has become a mentor to his colleagues, providing tips on health and fitness as well as helping to organise weekly football sessions with colleagues from the Green Lane depot in Liverpool where they work.
This new lifestyle has seen Kevin shrink in size but grow his opportunities, he recently abseiled the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and he’s been nominated for the Member Achievement Award at this years, Fitness Professional Awards 2019.
Kevin’s achievements have been huge, and his passion for fitness is indeed infectious. More impressive is his dedication and patience with others who are beginning their journey to a healthier lifestyle. He consistently makes time of those around him in his personal and professional life to encourage and motivate them to achieve their personal goals.
Such is Kevin’s dedication to helping others change their lives for the better, he campaigned for Arriva to join the Liverpool Lifestyles Gyms, Corporate membership programme. Arriva staff can now enjoy considerably discounted Gym Membership at Lifestyles Gyms across the city.
Kevin said; ‘My journey has been life changing in every aspect. I started out getting fit for my little boy, so I would be able to run round after him, and be around longer for him, but once I started to change my lifestyle I found that my attitude, confidence and mood all improved too, and I was changing my life for myself.
I’ve been able to do things I never really thought possible. I’ve raised money for charities, had amazing experiences but most importantly I’ve become somebody that my friends and colleagues can come to for help and advice, which has been really humbling.
The hardest thing to do is walk through the door of a gym or a class, but once you do it’s such a great feeling. If I’m able to help give somebody the self-assurance to make that first step and go through the doors of a gym or a football pitch, then that’s amazing because that’s the start of their journey.’