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A group of local people are putting on a community event for all to help celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, and they need as much help from GoodGym as possible to help set up.
Jobs will include pre-event rubbish clear, erecting barriers to road, marking out stall locations, putting up ten tables and gazebos, signage and bunting and organising bins.
Meet at the Steam Packet pub, on Strand on the Green/Thames Road Kew Bridge end, W4 3PU, and Ann (07932012400) will be the contact on the day. You're welcome to stay for the celebrations afterwards!
Head out for a walk, run, or cycle this month and help out with our May donation drop to Ealing Foodbank.
On this month's shopping list is:
• Tinned Fish
• UHT Milk – whole milk or semi skimmed, not skimmed please
• Long Life Fruit Juice & Squash
• Instant Coffee & Drinking Chocolate
• Long Grain Rice
• Tomatoes / Pasta Sauce
• Tinned Fruit & Vegetables
• Vegetarian Meals
• Jam & Peanut Butter
• Laundry – powder, liquid, capsule – any format
• Nappies – Size 5 & 6
How to donate:
You can drop donations directly to the Foodbank (St Mellitus Church Hall, 1 Church Road W7 3BA) on Wednesdays between 10-4pm
You can also drop off donations any other time at one of their other collection locations here: https://ealing.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
If you can't get out this month, you can donate to the foodbank via their website too, or by using their partnership with charity Bankuet, where you donate to Bankuet and they buy the food on behalf of the foodbank and drop it off to them https://www.bankuet.co.uk/givenow
Don't forget to send photos to the GoodGym Ealing WhatsApp group for the report!
Today I jogged and powerwalked to Perivale to deliver 1 kg of pure soda crystals to one of my clients, known as Mr R. Mr R knows my every move and I cannot even knock on the door when I arrive back with the delivery - he just already appears at the doorstep!
I did not object when Mr R asked me politely to bring a specific brand of bread because he is not a fan of the one I am usually getting. I was very glad he made his expectations clear. Mr R is a nice and friendly person who at the same time gets straight to the point - that is why we get on well and enjoy doing the grocery business together! 🤝
Ms N must have used up the 1 kg of Tilda basmati rice I bought her last week because it reappeared on today's shopping list. She pointed out the last rice purchase was quite pricey as I had to buy it in a different shop than usual. This Saturday Ms N suggested I can get cheaper basmati rice if I find it in the supermarkets. I didn't want to compromise the quality though. I was lucky to find a 2 kg bag of Kohinoor rice in Sainsbury's for the price of 1 kg of Tilda! I thought it was not a bad deal, so I gave Ms N a ring to confirm whether she wants it. She did!
After visiting just the three usual shops: Sainsbury's, Co-Op and Indian grocery store I had everything and delivered the order just in time as Ms N started cooking dinner. The dish smelled great - quite the opposite to the smell of Ealing Common today (fertiliser?) - which I had to sprint through because of that fact.
It was a quick and easy Saturday mission which left me with plenty of time to chill in the sun in my local park in the afternoon.
The great thing about Mr R's recurring mission is that I receive the transcript of the shopping list beforehand. This time I had to buy "Bocelli". If you wonder what Mr R meant, it is precisely what you think - not a ticket to the Italian tenor's concert.
After coming back from Sainsbury's with Bocelli and other goods I helped Mr R with putting his house key safely into a newly installed lockbox. He was very grateful for the help and didn't want any refunds this time. Job's a good'un.
Highlights on the way:
Jumping over a filthy old mattress (so GoodGym does obstacle races!)
Not-so-ugly ducklings (how are the coot babies called?)
Indian wedding dresses (I couldn't miss those even in sunglasses!)
A litter picking happening by the canal (sorry, didn't join)
Weighted jog on the way back (yes, I couldn't resist buying those liquid and powdery plant proteins while in Saino's!)
Today's mission for Ms N started with a question: what actually is GoodGym? Ms N's friend recently asked her where the gym is and she was not sure what to answer. I revealed the idea behind GoodGym so that residents of Ms N's community are not concerned about a secret order of masked people in red running around their neighbourhood (although I liked the thought of that alternative).
Ms N announced that today, apart from the usual list, she would have something special to buy - a custom hair colouring product. It didn't seem to me that those kinds of items could be found in South Ealing. "You can check the pharmacy", Ms N said, "Boots may have it". South Ealing's chemist was the first place I visited because that would determine the future of the mission. They didn't have Garnier Olia Midnight Permanent Hair Colour 3.0 Soft Black. "Boots may have it", the pharmacist said. So off I went to Ealing Broadway.
At Boots, I miraculously found the last pack of the Garnier Olia 3.0 but there was a problem - the outer packaging was damaged! I asked the lady from the staff whether they have any more of these particular products. They didn't. A customer standing behind me in the queue suggested I could try to get a discount and that he often gets deals like that himself. That didn't work for me. I made a mildly disappointed expression and bluffed I may go and check Superdrug. That didn't work either. The cashier asked the manager about that option but he said no. I had no time to check Superdrug, so I settled for lower quality. At least I managed to get the product!
I weighed my options earlier on and decided the rest of the shopping will be done in Tesco Express in Ealing Broadway. I reckoned I'd rather carry all the groceries back for 20 minutes rather than be lighter, run to South Ealing and still would have to go to three different stores! That was a good decision as I bought almost everything in Tesco. The only remaining item was the corn oil which is always out of stock in that shop. I found it in one of the two convenience stores on my way back.
Now Ms N can tell her friend what GoodGym is. It is the best customer service ever.
Last Saturday in the morning hours I was doing a farmer's walk exercise carrying a massive tyre. Today at the same time of the day I decided to do what I do the best instead - the shopper's walk. Who would provide me with better weights than Mr M? Despite that he prepared only £20 for me this time, his shopping list didn't seem to shrink at all. Actually, it was the very same list I used last week but with two positions crossed out. Mr M is not fussy at all when it comes to nutrition but he likes to properly stock up on his frozen foods. The quantity of most of the items was four, as usual. To fulfil the tradition Mr M told me to be careful and I was ready to run to East Acton's Iceland.
There were no surprises on the way or in the store. I quickly found everything and headed to the till. I had an impression that the cashier recognised me. I'm curious what she might be thinking about my usual 12 packs of frozen meals! After coming back, Mr M thanked me and said he appreciates my help.
It was my fourth mission for Mr M and the pattern is getting a bit surreal. Are all Mr M's shopping lists hardcoded and his lines scripted? Am I a character in a game where Mr M is an NPC giving me a weekly quest? Am I real? All I know is that the good feeling of doing good is real - let's stick to that!