Jacqui Lowe

Bromley

5Good deeds

5runs

18cheers

Jacqui Lowe went on a group run
Group run
Bromley

Hop to it!

Tue 4 Feb
Report written by Louise Chambers

A fabulous five delivered flyers for the wonderful Ignition Brewery in Sydenham, a great task made even better being rounded off with a well-earned beer or two.

It was a brand new task this week, with the wonderful Ignition Brewery needing a bit of GoodGym magic to help spread the word about their upcoming karaoke fundraiser. The brewery is unique in that it was set up 3 years ago with the specific aim to provide work for local adults with learning disabilities, both in the brewing and selling of the beer.

We were a small group but we split into 2 groups to cover as much ground as we could, with the pile of leaflets looking dauntingly large... After a very quick warm-up, we headed off, maps and flyers in hand. Mark, Alys (wearing her splendid meditating sloth running leggings as promised on her last task) and I headed towards Penge East station, whilst David and Jacqui headed down Lawrie Park Road, to tackle the magnificent houses and flats that Sydenham has to offer.

The initially dauntingly large pile of flyers soon disappeared as we braved dogs and snappy letterboxes. We were soon empty handed so we headed to the brewery where a thirst-quenching beer was waiting for us. When we arrived at the taproom, there was a salsa class going on, could this be an impromptu fitness session?! Alas/thankfully (delete as appropriate) not. The inspirational and hilarious Nick was waiting for us and showed us to the brewery, where he had bottles of their Jump Start and South of the River beers ready. He told us about the brewing process in lay-mans terms, and made us chuckle with some of the brewery's 'nearly' names - Brewersham and Special Brew amongst them. He employs 12 local adults with a variety of learning disabilities who would likely otherwise be frequenting local day centres, with a shocking 93% unable to find work. Whilst it was tempting to stay to chat over a delicious bottle of beer, we called last orders, not before Nick very kindly plied us with beer to take away. We hadn't spotted the welcoming blackboard on our way in, what a lovely touch. Nick suggested a summer social-come- task, maybe planting up some oil drums to go on the pavements, count us in.

Jacqui lived only a hop, skip and a jump away so headed off home, whilst David went for the train as he was nursing a football injury. Mark, Alys and I raised a few eyebrows and caused a few chuckles running through the streets with bottles of beer in hand. What a great task, thanks to Nick for his hospitality, and I hope that our efforts result in a big turn-out at the fundraiser on 14th February.

Next week we're returning to Melvin Hall to paint some gates and help weed and tidy the outdoor areas. If the weather is bad, we can head indoors where they will find some tasks for us to do. Sign up here.

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Jacqui Lowe signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Southwark

Helping out at Surrey Docks Farm

Sun 1 Mar 14:00 pm
Surrey Docks farm, Rotherhithe St,, London , SE16 5ET
Help at a community farm

Help Surrey Docks farm with their new community garden.

The task will be to help prepare the space next to the Thames which is being transformed into a garden. It can get muddy so don't wear your best kit!

There is normally time to go and visit /feed the animals after.

Meet Bex from the farm in the first building you see, straight ahead of you when you walk through the entrance gate on Rotherhithe Street, at 2PM.

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Jacqui Lowe has been Coach Verified. Mon 3 Feb 2020

Big news. Jacqui is now Coach Verified. They're ready to start running to visit and older person. Show some love for Jacqui as they start the next phase of their GoodGym adventure.

Jacqui Lowe has been Mission Verified. Sun 2 Feb 2020

Congratulations to Jacqui who is now Mission Verified. They're now ready to start running GoodGym missions to help older people and running alone to community mission. Give Jacqui a cheer to kickstart their mission running career.

Jacqui Lowe signed up to a group run
Group run
Bromley

Deliver flyers for Ignition Brewery fundraiser

Tue 4 Feb 18:45 pm
Bridge House, 2 High St, London, SE20 8RZ
Help out this local community enterprise

Welcome to GoodGym Bromley!

We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every Tuesday evening to get active and do a physical task, to help the charities and community organisations in our area.

The Task:

We are delighted to be able to help our local brewery, Ignition. If you haven't heard of them before, they are pretty special, working with adults with disabilities, who are trained in brewing and selling the beers. Ignition are holding a fundraiser for the Sydenham Christmas lights and need our help to spread the word. This will be more of a run/walk, finishing off at the brewery for a refreshing drink.

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together, so you'll always be welcome, no matter what your pace is.

The Lowdown:

We meet just inside the front entrance of the Bridge House - look out for the red t-shirts and don't be shy, we're a friendly bunch! We have somewhere to leave bags while we run, so you could easily come straight from work. Every so often we stay behind for a drink (and food if you like) after our run, so we have a chance to catch up when we're not out of breath!

See you soon!

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Jacqui Lowe has done their first good deed with GoodGym. Tue 21 Jan 2020

Jacqui is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.

Jacqui Lowe went on a group run
Group run
Bromley

Tag team

Tue 21 Jan
Report written by Louise Chambers

A terrific twelve sorted, cleaned, steamed and tagged to make a real difference to Crystal Palace St Christopher's charity shop.

A big Bromley welcome to Jacqui and Michelle who joined us for the first time, Michelle having been persuaded by David, who just so happens to be her fiance.

Thankfully the weather was kinder to us this evening so we headed to the park, safe in the knowledge that the branches should stay attached to their trees. We did our winter stress pig warm-up, with the cold evidently affecting the groups imagination, with multiple star jumps and lunges completed before we democratically decided to run through the centre of the park, to avoid the stonking hill. Thanks to Ian for back-marking.

Mark joined us at the shop, where we were greeted by manager Teresa. She had plenty of jobs for us to tackle, so we split off into groups to clean the shoe shelves (with a pair of boxer shorts!), sort bags of donations and hunt for clothes with J1 labels as their time in the shop had come to an end. We learnt that they would be sent to another shop, as would the donated clothes deemed to be poorer quality. There were some lovely items in the shop, along with plenty of striking footwear.

We soon had piles of clothes ready for the rails, which we hung (rose gold hangers for the women, wooden for the men, fact fans) and tagged, after a quick lesson on the tagging gun from Teresa. Check out the looks of concentration on David and Bradley's faces for evidence that it wasn't quite as easy as first thought..

Fiona armed herself with the steamer and set to work steaming the clothes ready to be returned to the rails. It was a very satisfying job and we almost had to prise the steamer from her hands when time was up. A few us were tempted to smuggle it out of the shop and bin our irons at home!

It was soon time to go and Teresa was mightily grateful for our help, having made her Wednesday morning far easier. She had kindly bought drinks, Jaffa Cakes and Maltesers for us, which tempted some of us, energy for the run back to base. It was thankfully downhill on the way back, but I had craftily planned some hills runs for the fitness session. We were slightly scuppered by the lack of light and a wet surface, but we managed three before carefully making our way back through the park to stretch.

Next week takes us back to Upper Norwood Methodist Church to continue clearing the outside space, sign up here. I will bring lights but please bring a head torch if you have one, and gardening gloves. Here's hoping the weather will be kind to us..

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Jacqui Lowe signed up to a group run
Group run
Bromley

Big sort out at St Christopher's Hospice shop

Tue 21 Jan 18:45 pm
Bridge House, 2 High St, London, SE20 8RZ
Make a difference!

Welcome to GoodGym Bromley!

We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every Tuesday evening to get active and do a physical task, to help the charities and community organisations in our area.

The Task:

We have a great indoor task this week, running up to the Crystal Palace St Christopher's Hospice shop to help sort through donations.

The Run/walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together, so you'll always be welcome, no matter what your pace is.

The Lowdown:

We meet just inside the front entrance of the Bridge House - look out for the red t-shirts and don't be shy, we're a friendly bunch! We have somewhere to leave bags while we run, so you could easily come straight from work. Every so often we stay behind for a drink (and food if you like) after our run, so we have a chance to catch up when we're not out of breath!

See you soon!

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