8 runners ran to help the Community Integrated Care in Portsmouth.
- Saturday, 14th of September 2019
- Led by Jo Kitching
A beautiful September morning saw 8 of us head back to a local social care charity to ‘finish what we started’ after our Dirty weekend in Southsea in July. Three of us headed from Parkrun via the local beach café to meet up with the rest of the group outside. We were all looking forward to this one as it was a painting task (which we love).
A great welcome back to Carolyn who arrived with her painting cap on and gloves at the ready. Also a fantastic well done to Mel who has reached 100 good deeds and gets her wings. We look forward to seeing you with those on our next group run.
Our task today involved painting the wall, painting the fence and building two new storage units. Prior to starting we realised that we needed some more screwdrivers and tools for the job and Jo headed back home (not far away) to collect some extra screwdrivers. We were kindly offered, teas, coffees and also they had made a delicious cake for us. We’ll definitely be heading back there if there is anymore work to be done.
The Flat Pack
Angela and Maxine took on the challenge of the storage units, these were two large plastic units that would house some of the wheelie bins stored in the garden. This was tough job as it involved screwing it together without any pre drilled holes whilst also keeping the structure of the unit tight. Angela sustained a small graze to her knuckles when screwing some of the unit together and will now be known as Angela ‘Knuckles’ Chick. Maxine had a few close calls when clicking the parts together to make sure her hands weren’t caught.
The Masonry ‘paint’ position
Katie, Judy and Sarah tackled the painting of the side wall in the garden. This was originally where the smoking shelter was which we dismantled in July and the wall needed a refresh of paint before the storage units could be placed there. After removing an old wall hanging and the flower holders they cleaned the wall then grabbed their paint brushes and did a brilliant job.
Carolyn, Mel and Jo took on the more messier of the tasks which was the painting of the fence and we did manage to get most of the paint on the fence panels. Mel did a great job of getting a large amount of paint on herself (good job the 100 t-shirt will be arriving soon) and Jo did a great job of arriving with less freckles on her arm than when she left (thanks to the paint).
One the walls and fence were painted, Carolyn, Judy and Mel cleaned the garden and moved some of the furniture around and the rest of us helped to build the remaining unit. We all went over the time of the task but as we wanted to finish everything and didn’t have to rush off we made sure it was all done before we left.
Seeing the garden transformed after the painting was amazing it’s a great task when we can really see the difference that Goodgym makes to our communities.
Report written by Jo Kitching
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