Organisations Kam Atwal has pledged to support
I have recently been recording bedtime stories for the Magpie Project. The Magpie Project support parents and under 5s in temporary or unsuitable accommodation in East London. Recording stories to be shared with the parents and children has quickly become one of my favourite things to do, and I was looking for other ways to support this lovely charity.
The Magpie Project have put a call out on social media for Mother's Day cards for the Mums that they support.
The idea is to buy or make a few cards, write a message of hope or encouragement and send them off to the charity who will then distribute them to the Mums. Please do not seal the envelopes - the Magpie Project will do this.
The address for cards is:
The Magpie Project
Forest Lane Lodge
I will be at OMA on Wednesday for our food delivery task and can collect cards from anyone who wants to send one and send them en-masse.
Another great day with my co-volunteers at the Salt Hill centre, working in the car park as before, only this time all the arrivals were headed for the red zone. Nice and simple, perfect for me. An added bonus, we were treated to delicious lunch courtesy of Chaiiwala.
Firstly super well done to everyone who joined Wolfpack 100, I'm sure Harsha and James are overwhelmed by the number of participants and everyone killing those KM.
February has come and gone and its now March so here is our Keep Active Challenge for the next few weeks.
Very simple - all you need is a pair of eyes, a camera and your trainers on ready to go.
Your challenge is to hunt as many items as you can while you’re out and about during your exercise beginning with the letters of MARCH but this will be 1 letter each week only.
Here goes: 10KM (Anyone who would like to do more please do just divide the total by 5 )
First week : Run or Walk 2KM and find items beginning with 'M'.
Second week: Run or Walk 4KM and find items beginning with 'A'.
Third week: Run or Walk 6KM and find items beginning with 'R'.
Fourth week: Run or Walk 8KM and find items beginning with 'C'.
Fifth week:Run or Walk 10KM and find items beginning with 'H'.
Happy Hunting All,
I look forward to all your photos!
Please send them over on : 07939121311 or email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do remember to adhere to any government restriction guidelines in place.
This was a tough challenge! Well done to you if you managed to get through this. I wont lie, i've still got two days to catch up but I wont be a plank and miss them!
If you can, keep incorporating a few core exercises into your workouts...
Wow what an amazing Wolfpack weekend. Our packs joined up with the Wolfpack and took on the 100K challenge in 48 hours. We had 3 teams GG Ealing and GG Slough and the Red Alphas looking to reach 100km as a team and 2 lone wolves Simon and James taking on the 100km solo challenge.
The energy was rising, the clock strikes 12 and the challenge starts. James planned to get out early and complete his 100km with a target of sub 10 hours. Sutyee and Ricky from Red Alphas also decided to take on some mid-night kms and experience being night wolves and the magic of the full moon.
Ricky and Sut completed 15kms through the night. Ricky got a few hours in bed and then was up out running again with fellow Alpha Manjit. They carried on clocking up kilometers watching the sunrise and taking lots of photos. They decided to give a few GoodGym Slough members a wolfy wake up call in their fancy dress.
As we hit the early hours James was still continuing to meet his target doing loops about the streets and heading home to his aid station to refuel. 8am Lone Wolf Simon starts the 100km challenge. Simon created 4 laps to cover the distance and turned his living room into a make shift aid station and kept ticking off the kms as he ran around the city of London.
The Teams As the challenge continued GG Slough and GG Ealing team members started clocking up the kms and we saw a few wolves out on the streets - see the photos of them hiding in the trees (Meera, Nisha, Brendar) - would you be scared?
Jean wanted a challenge and completed a 10km which she hasn’t done for a long time, Muhammad had some fun with Strava Art and created the GG logo and Harvey covered 50km, including a 28km run to Statford from Ealing to the Olympic gold post boxes. Lots of motivation on the group chats encouraging each other and enjoying the beautiful spring sunshine we were blessed with.
Wow James and Simon completed their challenges on Saturday and Manjit went out for some night kms and completed 100km for Red Alphas. GG Slough and GG Ealing also completed 100km in their teams but we keen to get more in on Sunday. As day 1 closed, incredible achievements and efforts by everyone. Setting targets and smashing them. Truly inspirational.
Day 2 saw the teams get out again to cover more kms to add to the overall team totals. GoodGym Ealing completed 217km, GoodGym Slough completed 257km in 48 hours. Red Alphas team of three Manjit, Ricky and Sut completed their 100km in 12 hours and 50 mins. And a massive congratulations to our Lone Wolves completing the 100km solo - unaided as a virtual race this is truly an achievement. James completed in 9 hours 40 mins and Simon completed in 11 hours 13 mins - Amazing. Hope you are both getting lots of rest this week.
Each registration for the official event donated 10 hot meals to vulnerable families through Fareshare. James was also raising money for Parkinsons UK with a family team and managed to hobble around the village as a power ranger for an extra 2km.
The sunshine, comradery and motivation from all the members of GoodGym was wonderful. We were all virtual but this weekend really helped us get connected and strengthen our team spirit.
For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.**
We are all looking forward to being back together again but for now this virtual weekend was just what we needed and really connected us.
Thank you for reading, enjoy the photos. Harsha
On a balmy saturday in Salt Hill car park, the car park crew and I screened vaccinees for either the red or green zone. No hand warmers in sight this week, only red and green cards. Those with GP bookings were given green cards for the green zone. Despite being given the red card, those with NHS bookings were relieved to discover they wouldn't be sent off! It was the red zone for them. The dual zone system was my busiest shift yet.
On a somewhat chilly saturday in Salt Hill car park, my cool colleagues and I did our best to give a warm welcome to visitors arriving for their vaccine. Hand warmers in hand, we screened the potential vaccinees and gave directions. Their thanks and sympathy for the cool conditions kept us motivated. The unexpected but welcome music played by Jamie got us dancing, great fun and warmer muscles brought on the smiles, especially 'Don't stand so close to me' . Despite the weather a good shift was completed.