Our squeaky clean visit to Kingston Pantry Foodbank

6 GoodGymers made their way 5.3km to help the Kingston Pantry in Kingston upon Thames.

  • Dave White
  • Rachel White
  • Claire Dunne
  • Kingston upon Thames runner
  • Jana
  • Kingston upon Thames runner
Tuesday, 21st of February 2023
Led by Rachel White

Our Tuesday group run started at The Lamb pub in Surbiton - even though it was up hill to the task, it made the distance more manageable by changing the start point to a closer point. Claire, Dave and myself met outside the pub and Jade ran down the hill to meet us having left her car at Tolworth Recreation Centre so she could make a quick getaway at the end of the task.

Our 2.5km run took us up the hill, which is great for training, and fortunately it levelled off before a slight decline. We arrived at the Recreation Centre having worked up quite a sweat and met Jana on the way in. Susan was there to meet us and put us straight to task - we were asked to help with the Pantry Foodbank's deep clean. This involved moving all the items off the shelves into the green packing boxes and wiping down the surfaces. Not a small task but fortunately many hands make light work.

Jana and Dave worked in the stockroom whilst Rachel, Claire and Jade worked in the main room. After ten minutes Emily turned up which helped speed up the process. Soon enough, surfaces were wiped, stock was replaced, the fridge was cleaned and the floor was swept and mopped. There was even enough time to laugh at the humorously named soup - minds out the gutter, everyone!

Once we had cleared up, we had a chat with Susan and then we went on our way. We'll be back in three months time to help out again!

We've already got a date in the diary for the next visit to The Kingston Pantry Foodbank so please sign up if you are free.

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Rachel White
Led by Rachel White

I am the area activator for Kingston Upon Thames. Keen to keep moving and improving.

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