A business owner from Sheen is using a unique method to raise money for charity and lose weight.

Sanjay Makan, 44, has decided to shed some weight after realising he is ‘overweight’. Rather than spend money and hours in a gym, he felt it would be better to do an outdoor activity.

In the past he has had success losing weight by cycling. He decided to make some money while trying to shed some extra pounds, by becoming a Deliveroo rider.

Instead of keeping the money for himself, he has chosen to give all his fees to Shelter and Cancer Research UK, hoping to raise a total of £50,000.

Mr Makan, who used to own three Subway franchises across London, said: “Homelessness is a bit problem in London, especially during the winter months. I thought it would be a great cause to raise money for.

“I also wanted to raise money for Cancer Research UK, which is close to my heart because a few people close to me have suffered from Cancer. Some have survived but sadly some have passed away.

“Recently, a friend of my died of cancer leaving behind a young child and husband. Hopefully I can raise loads of money for both causes. My goal is to lose weight, but I am 100 percent more motivated because the money I am making is going to charity.

“I am the type of person who will do something and then stop after a while. However, because of where the money is going to it is really pushing me to take more shifts. The last couple of weeks I have worked 7 days a week to try and get close to my target. The shifts also keep my disciplined and I will keep persevering with it.”

Mr Makan, who has a 6-year-old daughter, hopes to reach his target by Easter 2019. He says the hardest thing about being a Deliveroo rider is the lack of tips but can see it being challenging if it is someone’s only source of income.

To donate or hear more about his story visit Mr Makan's Virgin Money Giving page.