Claire Thomson

Oxford

Run Leader
TaskForce

234Good deeds

234runs

392cheers

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Community Missions
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27

Group Runs
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Walking Groups
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9

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Claire Thomson went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Go with the Flo

Sun 11 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

A quartet of GoodGym gardeners joined the Flo's gardening team to get some work done in the outside space ahead of the cafe restarting outdoor dining next week.

We dismantled a dried out willow fence, moved picnic benches into place, put together parasol bases, set up a freecycle station, flattened and recycled a pile of cardboard, planted lavender, chopped back (but failed to dig up - as testified by the bent fork prong) a bush in the flower bed, and started the process of weaving new willow fronds to create a new flowerbed fence.

We now consider ourselves East Oxford's premier willow weaving experts.

Sadly, we failed to avoid snow and hail, but since we also had plenty of sunshine we'll call it a draw.

Hot drinks on-the-house were a delightful perk - thank you for a lovely couple of hours Flo's!

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Claire Thomson signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Gardening for Flo's

Sun 11 Apr 11:00 am
Flo's - the Place in the Park, Rymer's Lane, Oxford , OX4 3JZ
Clean and Sort-out day

Flo's The Place in the Park have asked if 4 GoodGymers can help them with a garden 'clean and sort out' on Sunday 11th April. Tasks will include weeding, planting and willow weaving.

This is step one towards making the garden space a haven for people and wildlife. We plan to help regularly with the project.

Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be provided.

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Claire Thomson went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Springing into Action

Wed 31 Mar
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Last night Oxford Mutual Aid was a hive of activity!

First we packed:

  • 6 Emergency Food Parcels (for 10 adults, plus children) to get some food to people who have run out.
  • 40 regular parcels (for 54 adults), full of food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and baby stuff.

Next we loaded up 4 cars for motorised delivery routes, and restocked the shelves as much as possible.

Then, the big event....23 GoodGymers, plus GoodGym mascot Peggy the pooch, flexed their biceps and stretched their legs to deliver 32 parcels of essentials on foot and by bicycle.
With more than one delivery per GoodGymer there was quite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing around East Oxford, and even those without a double delivery found themselves loaded up to the gills with carrier bags. Gold stars to all those who brought rucksacks and bike panniers so that they could fit even more on their delivery route, and kudos to Ben and Georgia who managed to transport 6 bags full of goodies all the way to Marston - 1.8 miles by my calculation!

We might be out of the strictest lockdown measures for now, but the demand for food help isn't dropping. In fact tonight we had more emergency deliveries than we've had for a few weeks, and last week emergency requests for food support were at an all time high: 94 emergency food parcels were sent out over the course of the week, alongside all the regular food deliveries. An astonishing feat for a team of volunteers.

Thank you to Ruth for the donation of toiletries and to Lorenzo for the Ramadan goodies.
Welcome Lena - good to meet you!
Welcome back Annabel - lovely to see you for the first time since becoming a Mum. Hope you can make it back again soon.

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Claire Thomson signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Parcel deliveries for OMA 31.3.21

Wed 31 Mar 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Alleviating food poverty

This week, for the first time on a Wednesday evening, we will split between 2 tasks!

We're now into our 5th consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid, and the majority of our Wednesday team are still needed for food deliveries. It's proved to be a valuable partnership for us and provided crucial extra help for Oxford Mutual Aid through this COVID lockdown winter. It has kept us busy and connected with each other, and enabled Oxford Mutual Aid reach more people with deliveries of food and other essentials.

This 6pm task will be delivering food parcels within walking distance of Richard Benson Hall. We will divide into small groups to deliver in different areas. No-one will be asked to deliver on their own. With the slight easing of restrictions on Monday the rule of 6 now applies, so delivery groups can be slightly larger. The clock change will mean we will have daylight so I might bring the litter pickers too.

Please wear a mask when you arrive at the hall to collect the food parcels and when you drop them off with the recipient.

There is a 2nd listing for this evening for 6 people to help The Children’s Allotment, do check that out and take your pick between the 2 tasks.

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Claire Thomson went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

No muss, no fuss, delivery superstars r us

Wed 24 Mar
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Tonight we packed 38 parcels of food and hygiene supplies and delivered 25 of them on foot around East Oxford.

Peggy was excited to show off her snazzy new jumper, we peered at each other in actual daylight, and although more than 1 of the bag handles didn't survive beyond the car park fortunately all the cheese, greek yoghurt, corned beef, milk, veggies, bread and pasta made it to the 50 recipients in tact. There may have been a couple of head-scratching moments, but nothing we couldn't sort out, and everything got delivered before it was fully dark - an exciting springtime first!

Thank you to those who answered the call for donations and brought along some hygiene supplies to replenish the bare shelves with shower gel, deodorant and sanitary products, as well as other useful and appreciated items (tin openers, chocolate).

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Claire Thomson went on a training session
Training session
Brent

Brent fitness - last one... for now!

Mon 22 Mar
Report written by Pritesh Mistry

With rules relaxing we hope this will be our last 'enforced' online session but we know we have it as an option should we need it in the future!

This week Claire led the way:

  • Squats
  • Plank with walking hands
  • Crab walk with kicks
  • Arm and leg raisers

Tough going. We have a community mission next Monday but all places are gone - keep an eye on the whatsapp group (contact me to join) for more missions and info on upcoming outdoor training sessions!

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Claire Thomson went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vacciiiiiiiiine

Sat 20 Mar
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

Five Goodgymers helped out at the morning vaccine session at the Leys Healthcentre.

Lots of smiley faces of people so pleased to be one step closer to “normality”.

Hugs are on the horizon.

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Claire Thomson went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Wed 17 Mar
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

By the last light of the day 31 GoodGymers gathered beside a church on the Cowley Road.
At 5:45pm a watch beeped and -pop! - out of the Richard Benson Hall came a red-clad and very bossy group leader.
She started to look at the food parcel delivery list...

Who's here so far?

At 5:50pm the first food parcels left to be delivered.
But there was still more to do.

At 6pm bike panniers and rucksacks were filled.
But there was still more to do.

At 6:05pm asparagus and ragu were added to the parcels.
But there was still more to do.

At 6:10pm 5 food parcels went out in a flurry of activity.
But there was still more to do.

At 6:15pm the last of the regular food parcels went out of the door.
But there was still more to do!

At 6:30pm Emergency food parcels were loaded up, crates were stacked away, shelves were restocked, cardboard was broken down, meals were put in the fridge, fruit and vegetables were sorted out, buns were emptied, and stock levels reported.......

The team started to feel tired.

So the GoodGymers ate a whole Colin the Caterpillar. And they started to perk up, giving them the energy to run home and recover from their exertions....

.....so that they can do it all over again next Wednesday evening.

39 food parcels were packed and delivered on Wednesday night, which will help 50 adults, plus several children and babies.

Well done Angus on completing your 50th Good Deed!

Check out The Very Hungry Caterpillar here.

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Claire Thomson went on a training session
Training session
Brent

Weekly Brent fitness HIIT

Mon 15 Mar
Report written by Pritesh Mistry

After a quick catch-up on news and what we had got upto over the weekend we headed straight into our HIIT exercises.

This week two rounds of HIIT round robin completing a mixture of exercises to give us a whole body work out.

Next week more HIIT led by Liz!

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Claire Thomson has done a 6 month mission streak. Wed 10 Mar 2021

Claire just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Claire a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.

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