Group run

Book to basics

5 GoodGymers made their way 3.0km to help the Draper Hall in Southwark.

  • Laura Williams
  • Matt Dudley
  • Ashik
  • Matthew
  • Terrel
Thursday, 7th of December 2023
Led by Laura Williams

Meeting by the FGS HQ entrance, we ran through a few stretches this morning, before heading out to today’s task.

Working with Lambeth-and-Southwark-based Get Rid of and Donate, today saw us sorting donated toys and books for local schools and families.

But first the run.

Matt was tasked with route navigation again, and he led a brilliant run (barely any traffic, and some picturesque streets and squares en route).

On arrival at our task location, we were welcomed into a warm hall…

Draper Hall, located in the heart of Elephant and Castle, was very kindly hosting this activity, with task owner Jayne setting up trestle tables with clear signage for ages vs donated items ahead of our arrival.

The task at first glance seemed enormous, but the team nonetheless wasted no time grabbing spreadsheets, bags, labels, and bundles of book-and-toy know-how, left by Andrea from Get Rid of and Donate.

Moving from bag to bag, table to table, working across six schools and multiple families, we assessed who would like what, from the colourful, fun and interesting range of items of available.

From Harry Potter to Pokemon rucksacks; WiiFits to My Little Pony, we aimed to combine lively reading material with fun and exciting toys.

The time sped by – a little bit too speedily. Two hours in, with 5 of the 6 schools completed, the team started to pack away remaining donated items, bin any rubbish, and stack everything neatly and carefully for Andrea to collect.

With the runners expertly led back to base by Matt, we concluded it had been a productive and interesting morning. Well done to the whole team (and a big thank you to Southwark Area Activator Sam for co-ordinating this task).

Until next time.

Report written by Laura Williams

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Sam Lefevre
Sam Lefevre
Thursday December 7th, 2023 17:12

Kudos to everyone! Thanks for getting this task done and I am sure the local schools and families in Southwark and Lambeth thank you too! Have yourself a very Merry Christmas (if you celebrate it).

Laura Williams
Laura Williams
Thursday December 7th, 2023 20:35

Thanks Sam!

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Laura Williams
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    • Matt Dudley
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    • Terrel
    • Ashik

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