Jessy McCabe

Oxford

29Good deeds

29runs

104cheers

Jessy McCabe went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Cake & cookies in Cowley

Wed 24 Feb
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY!!

Far from hitting the terrible twos, tonight we celebrated in true Goodgym Oxford style by helping our local community and eating baked goods. In the last 2 years 2516 good deeds have been done by 238 runners (and walkers and cyclists). An amazing achievement, especially when you consider that half of this time we have been in the grip of a global pandemic!

It was so lovely to start our task in the light – actually seeing (half) of people’s faces was brilliant after what has seemed like a never-ending winter. It won’t be long until we are starting and finishing our evenings in the light – spring is a-springing!!

Oxford Mutual Aid recently featured on ITV news trying to highlight just how important the work that they do is. Demand for emergency food parcels and the general week-to-week deliveries are on the rise, and so the time that we give them is vital and gratefully received. OMA have paired with some wonderful local suppliers and restaurants; The Kitchen Collective, Taste Tibet, and most recently Syrian Sisters, all of whom provide delicious, nutritious meals which go out in the parcels we deliver. This week we delivered 40 regular and 4 emergency parcels. These deliveries helped 59 adults and several children and babies.

A huge thanks to Anwen and Martha for the delicious vegan treats and welcome to Esmee who chose an excellent evening to join us! We hope to see you again soon. A 'dedication to GoodGym' award has to go to Jessy for coming to help tonight despite being on crutches. Following in Aoife's hop-steps there!

And finally, many virtual pats on the back and foot rubs go to Rob who managed to drag himself along tonight despite finishing his amazing challenge of running 7 half marathons in 7 days to raise money for OMA. We think that you are brilliant, potty, but brilliant. Now go and have a nap!

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Parcel deliveries for OMA 3.3.21

Wed 3 Mar 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Alleviating food poverty

We're now into our 5th consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid. 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. Whilst we hope to be able to offer a greater range of tasks soon, we're really pleased to be continuing to support Oxford Mutual Aid in their vital work.

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. We will stagger your arrival times at the hall, and you will receive an email on Wednesday (around lunchtime) to let you whether to arrive at 6pm or 6:15pm.

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

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Jessy McCabe signed up to a community mission
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Parcel deliveries for OMA 24.2.21

Wed 24 Feb 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
It's our birthday!

This week we mark GoodGym Oxford's 2nd Birthday!! We launched in Oxford on 20th February 2019. Shame we can't have a party, but HOORAY for 2 years old!!

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. We will stagger your arrival times at the hall, and you will receive an email on Wednesday (around lunchtime) to let you whether to arrive at 6pm or 6:15pm.

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

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Jessy McCabe went on a community mission
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Oxford

The fifth day of lockdown

Sat 9 Jan
Report written by Rob Edinburgh

On the fifth day of lockdown, Goodgym gave to me, Five crates of vegtables, Four shelves to restock, Three Goodgym helpers, Two chilly bike rides And a big smile (which you can't see)

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Jessy McCabe went on a community mission
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Oxford

Livin’ La Vida Lockdown

Wed 6 Jan
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Our first Wednesday of 2021, and our first in the latest version of lockdown. Happy 2021 everything- we can only hope things improve from here, eh?

Tonight we were grateful for a brilliant turn out to deliver essential food and hygiene supplies to people around Oxford. We trialled staggered arrival times, which seemed to work well so we’ll continue with that for now - it seems wise to minimise the number of people congregating outside the hall at any one time.

With 34 pairs of hands on deck tonight we made light work of 35 food parcels, and got them delivered pretty swiftly across Oxford. We’ve managed well with fewer people the last few weeks, but it’s certainly easier and quicker with the full team.

Parcels include a mix of fresh and tinned food, depending on the storage and cooking facilities available to the recipient. We try to give people a range of items to see them through 3 meals a day for as much of the week as possible. Sometimes that is difficult as the fresh food isn't available, but fortunately there was a good selection for us to choose from tonight. I know some of you got a decent arm workout carrying bags of root vegetables! Those of you delivering nappies definitely got the easy option today.

Requests for help are already increasing now we are in lockdown again. It's upsetting to see how many people are struggling to feed themselves, but I'm glad we can be part of the team providing a lifeline.

Thank you all for your contribution. I hope it gave you a little extra exercise and interaction to brighten your week.

Warm welcome to Christie, Steven, Kessem, Emily and Kate who all joined us on a group task for the first time - lovely to have you on board!

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