Oxford

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Masked crusaders

28 GoodGymers made their way 9.7km to help the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Oxford.

  • Isabella Collins
  • Jane Hotchen
  • Anwen Greenaway
  • Lorenzo
  • Rachael H
  • Bethan Greenaway
  • Oxford runner
  • Julia
  • Sarah
  • Jessica Lorimer
  • Alice
  • Angus Grant
  • Matt Burton
  • Ben Foster
  • Kieran Venner
  • Jessy McCabe
  • Amy Woolloff
  • Katie Fellows
  • Laura Brown
  • Hattie Elvins
  • Matty Holder
  • Vanessa Del Campo Perez
  • Meysam
  • Shati Patel
  • Bryony Thomas
  • Thomas Heath
  • Nora Rebecca Schwingen
  • Ben Gremson
 
Wednesday, 24th of November 2021
 
Led by Anwen Greenaway

The John Radcliffe Hospital is the main Accident and Emergency centre for Oxfordshire, and provides acute medical and surgical services. It is the largest of Oxford's hospitals, covering around 66 acres, including the Children's Hospital, Eye Hospital, Heart Centre, Women's Centre, blood donor centre and many other services. The John Radcliffe site is home to the Oxford University Medical School and the base for most medical students who are trained throughout the Oxford University Hospitals Trust.

All this makes the hospital site very busy, with lots of footfall from students, staff, patients and visitors. And sadly, with people comes litter. The Estates team can't possibly be expected to keep such a large site litter free alongside everything else they do, so tonight we trialled a GoodGym litter pick to see if we could make a difference.

We met on the outskirts of the hospital site, briefed everyone on safety policies, divided into teams, tooled up with bags and pickers and then set off to clean up. One of our teams headed up the hill to the main entrance, another went along the path towards the blood donation centre, a 3rd team cleaned up outside the West Wing and Children's hospital, and our final team concentrated on the car parks.

Masks were the most regular find tonight.

They were everywhere....in the hedges, under cars, by bus stops. LOTS of cigarette butts too, and (oddly) a huge stash of cider cans in one of the car parks - did someone have a party in the car park?! Hats, hoodies and gloves were all found, but astonishingly NO PANTS. We even had a few appreciative comments and 'thank yous' from passersby.

We collected 18 large sacks of rubbish, a broken umbrella, a large box, and a folded mattress-y thing, and lugged them all off the hospital land for collection by Oxford Direct Services.

Well done everyone - the litter is an eyesore, as well as potentially dangerous, so it's great that we managed to clear up so much of it tonight.

Welcome Jane and Nora. Good to meet you both!

Report written by Anwen Greenaway


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Anwen Greenaway
Led by Anwen Greenaway

Goodgym Coordinator for Oxford. Trail runner, often muddy.

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