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Diabetic bus drivers facing fitness journey

Niall Findlay and Alan Shand [Pic: Firstpix]
Niall Findlay and Alan Shand both suffer from diabetes

Two Aberdeen bus drivers are facing a journey with a difference in a bid to keep their career wheels turning.

Niall Findlay and Alan Shand, who are both diabetic, are trying to lose weight as they could have to resign if they had to take insulin.

They are now taking advantage of a scheme by their employers, First, offering membership at Aberdeen Sports Village.

They are also using their new fitness drive to raise money for charity.

In the UK, diabetes patients treated with insulin are not permitted to hold a passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) licence.

'Extra motivation'

Mr Findlay said: "My doctor advised that if I didn't do something about my weight in the next two months then I would have to be treated by insulin, making it impossible for me to be a bus driver.

"That has given me the extra motivation I need, and I am determined recapture my former fitness."

Mr Shand added: "I've been a bus driver with First for more than 31 years. It's really hard to imagine doing anything else and I wouldn't want to give up a job I love."

Managing Director of First in Aberdeen, Bob Dorr, said: "I am extremely proud of both and have every confidence that they will achieve their weight loss targets. Both are excellent drivers and it would be tragic if they were forced to look at an alternative career."

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