Leo

Tower Hamlets

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Leo went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

Don’t Chop Movin’

Mon 23 May
Report written by Laura Williams

Rain, what rain?

The forecast didn't look too promising, but come 7pm and arrival at our Monday night task, the earlier drizzle was but a distant memory: t-shirt-clad, a bit sweaty, and thoroughly happy to be shuttling from one area of the Hollybush Estate to another at our usual frenzied pace.

Background...

Margaret had asked for a hand with some weeding around the Estate's various garden areas, but the task had quickly evolved into bramble-chopping. Not however, before a warm-up task had been completed: distributing woodchip in the new shed area.

It was all go.

Wheelbarrows were whizzed from one garden to the next; woodchip shovelled at a ferocious pace, and new surfaces raked and smoothed over so speedily we finished even earlier than the earliest estimation.

And so we headed to the Family Area with a few more full barrows of woodchip (never know when they might come in handy) to tackle brambles, buddleias and... wobbly stepladders (shh - we won't say anything if you don't).

Lots to do, lots of brilliant, buzzing activity to enjoy while catching up with the latest news.

The time flew by, and then it was 8pm and we were trying to organise ourselves for one final pic. In the photo it all went: brambles, bin liners, the lot.

Homeward bound

The small hotel team returned to base to collect bikes and other belongings, while the remainder of our energetic little group headed home in various different directions.

Superstars.

Until next time.

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Leo went on a mission
Mission
Islington

Screen on me

Sat 21 May
Report written by Leo

It was a glorious early evening as I arrived at Mr P's house, and whilst I was a little earlier than he expected, he was very happy that I had come to help him install a privacy screen on his balcony.

It transpires he has an occasionally belligerent downstairs neighbour and the privacy that the newly installed screen affords will hopefully make a considerable difference to his wellbeing.

We were a great team, with my role being in charge of holding up the screen whilst he secured it to the railings of his balcony. Fortuitously, he had had a very interesting life and was regaling me with stories of his time at boarding school and then when employed at some very prestigious media outlets which made for fascinating discussion as we secured the screen to the entirety of his balcony.

He seemed most pleased with our collective handiwork and I left his flat with a real sense of accomplishment.

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Leo signed up to a mission • Help Mr P install a screen on his balcony
Sat 21 May
Leo signed up to a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Hollybush Estate's 'Big Bundle of Weed-Clearing' + woodchip clearing (new addition)

Mon 23 May 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
We've been asked to help out with a whole lot of weeding...

It's summer, it's warm, it's light, which can only mean one thing: weeds.

Margaret from the Teesdale & Hollybush Tenants and Residents Association (and 'instigator of one of the largest community allotment projects in east London') has called to ask for a hand with a huge number of weeds in and around the Community Centre.

Please note: this activity has been amended, to include large moving of woodchip, too.

Come and join the team as we enjoy a short run from our lovely hotel base to meet Margaret and Basil the dog for a gardening bonanza.

What you need to know

  • We will meet at the hotel for a short warm-up between 6:30-6:45. You can leave any belongings securely here too.

  • At 6:45 we'll make our way to the task just around the corner to start our evening's activity. If you're meeting us at the task, the address is Kedlestone Walk Community Centre, Hollybush Gardens, E2 9RP.

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Leo went on a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

Pack to the Future

Mon 16 May
Report written by Laura Williams

Tonight’s run saw us returning to the Royal London Hospital for a couple of really great tasks!

Plenty of planning had been undertaken by the brilliant Barts Volunteers team to ensure we were distributed throughout the hospital as efficiently as possible, tackling the most time-sensitive tasks.

Why were we here?

Resources are as stretched as usual at this huge, much-loved hospital, and so pruning the roses and litter-picking outside the Dental area proved a great bit of activity catch-up in these hospital grounds.

Meanwhile, the newly established Patient and Family Contact Centre had mountains of content to be made up for the new, soon-to-be-renamed Dignity and Activity Trolleys for the wards.

(This department was established during the pandemic as a vital resource for friends and families to stay connected to loved ones in hospital.

Having proved effective and popular, this service is set to stay, and the new activity packs we were preparing are to ensure patient needs are met as much as possible.

Impromptu stays, longer stays, admissions far from home all mean that patients sometimes need access to additional items, such as sanitary products and razors, or even art and craft activity to help them remain occupied and stimulated).

And so to work…

Teams were promptly dispatched out to the John Harrison with Barts Volunteer team member, Mbemba, while the team making up the hospital packs headed ‘round with Tom to meet the dynamic Emma.

The preparation was second-to-none, as always, and Emma wasted no time in assigning each member a task, leaving no stone unturned when it came to briefing (including the interesting fact that as this was an office, and not a clinical environment, face masks were optional).

Toothpaste tubes were stuffed into bags of 20; ditto shower gel and toothbrushes. Felt and glitter were sorted into piles; activity cards bagged up or filed. It was go, go, go.

Meanwhile the gardening team were busy attending to the roses, cutting back the grass and seeing off any rogue litter. Once finished, Mbemba brought the team inside and so we finished up a 12-strong team racing to get as much as we could done in the final few minutes.

Until next time

Despite having run over, the time had flown by!

We said our goodbyes to Emma, Tom and Mbemba, and headed out to the sunny, warm streets of Whitechapel, where we formed two groups: The Sporty Squad, who chose to run straight back to base in Bethnal Green, and The Thirsty Squad, who headed home at a more leisurely pace, via the London Hospital Tavern.

What a great night – well done, everyone.

Next week...

...we’ve been asked to head to the Hollybush Estate to offer some serious weeding help...

Until then.

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Leo went on a mission
Mission
Tower Hamlets

Full nettle jacket

Sun 15 May
Report written by Leo

My task today was a follow up to Amy's recent trip and Mr B spoke very highly of her hard work, so there was a high bar for me to tackle the weeds that had sprung up since her visit last month.

As it was drizzling I was absolved of the responsibility of mowing the lawn again and set to tackling the beds along the sides and the back with the instructions that pretty much everything that wasn't a rose could be pulled up. The left bed in particular was beset with nettles and brambles and it was fortunate that Mr B had some sturdy gloves to put on over mine, to protect me from all manner of stings and scratches.

Time flew by as I spent an enjoyable 90 minutes clearing as many weeds as I could.

As I approached the end Mr B came out for a chat and to praise what I had managed in that time, and he pointed out that the two magnificent trees at the bottom of his garden would be furnished with apples and cherries in the next couple of months.

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Leo went on a training session
Training session
Tower Hamlets

Victoria-us Running

Sat 14 May
Report written by Aine Hester

Summer has arrived and we celebrated in style at Victoria Dock Parkrun this morning followed by some coffee and much conversation about how difficult wakeboarding would be. Everyone was very on brand with our good gym t shirts.

It was a first Parkrun for most at the flat course but a special shout out to Fiona who had it as her first ever Parkrun anywhere!

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Leo signed up to a group run
Group run
Tower Hamlets

MONDAY NIGHT GROUP RUN: Return to The Royal London Hospital!

Mon 16 May 18:30 pm
Town Hall Hotel - Hotel Entrance, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
We're back to one of the busiest hospitals in the city!

It's been a long time, but we're delighted to be returning to assist the Barts Volunteers team.

This evening we'll be helping make much-needed patient packs for the PALS team and and pruning the roses outside the dental accommodation.

Come and join us as we run through lively Whitechapel to be reunited with the team.*

What you need to know

  • If you're joining directly at the task, we'll meet inside the main Reception entrance on Whitechapel Road, adjacent to A&E, just in front of the coffee shop at 7pm. Address is The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1FR.

  • We will need to complete a quick, one-off form before we head to our tasks.

  • Teams will be divided into two: one for the gardening; one for the patient packs.

  • Please allow 1 hr 15 for the task; longer if you're joining the Group Run.

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Leo signed up to a training session
Training session
Tower Hamlets

Victoria Dock Parkrun + Post Run Coffee

Sat 14 May 08:45 am
The Crystal, Royal Victoria Dock, One Siemens Brothers Way,, London, E16 1GB
Fun, free 5k run around the flat course at Victoria Dock followed by coffee with your Good Gym Friends!

After a few successful trips to Mile End we're going to explore the other Tower Hamlets parkrun at Victoria Dock - its quieter and has none of the hills of Mile End so a nice change of pace (and probably an improvement of pace for most!)

Meet at the start line 10-15 minutes before, run the Parkrun at your own pace and those who finish first can cheer on the rest! After everyone has completed their 5k run and we get that all important group photo, for those who want to stay on, we'll get a hot beverage at the finish line.

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/victoriadock/

What are parkruns?

Parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world. Saturday morning events are 5k and take place in parks and open spaces. You can run, walk or volunteer at parkruns. You can even take your dog (if you have one) along! If you have never run a parkrun before, they are a great way to get into running in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Remember, it's FREE, but you can register here to keep a profile (number of parkruns you do, times, etc.) https://www.parkrun.org.uk/

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