Naomi Hope

I love the combination of exercise with supporting others, putting that energy to good use!

Derby

TaskForce

48Good deeds

398runs

193cheers

TaskForce achievements

25

Community Missions
listed

1

Group Runs
back marked

0

Walking Groups
led

22

Run reports
written

18

Run reports
photographed

3

Group Fitness Activities
led
Naomi Hope went on a community mission
Community mission
Derby

Grass-ping at straws

Sat 2 Jul
Report written by Naomi Hope

After cycling to the mission (oh those hills!), Tracy joined Ashley and Naomi for her first visit to St Matthew's Church.

The GoodGym team are regulars now at St Matthew's, and are always made to feel so welcome and appreciated. Today we were treated to a cup of tea and chocolate biscuits! David, the Church Warden, and some visitors to the Church told us what a difference our visits are making.

Today's mission was a continuation of previous tasks - pulling grass up from the overgrown graves. Some of the graves have a weed membrane making the grass much easier to lift, so we were eased gently in when we started with them. The further back in the Churchyard we got though, the tougher the grass (as thick and tough as straw), so we found ourselves putting in more and more effort as the morning went on! It was a great upper body workout and much more fun than going to the gym!

3 GoodGymers volunteering over 3 hours = 9 hours of work, but still plenty left to do!

We're back here on the 16th July for more gardening fun!

We have linked up with the local Scout group, who popped along to meet us and would like our help with their garden. Watch this space for a future task to support them.

Thanks to our fabulous volunteers for all the hard work, enthusiasm and great company.

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Naomi Hope signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Derby

Helping out at Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity's sports day

Sat 13 Aug 10:00 am
Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity, St Anne's Church, Whitecross Street, Derby, DE1 3NE
Supporting this fun community day

We'll be supporting Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity with their sports day.

Waiting for further details so please sign up and I can give an indication of activities and timings nearer the date - this will be a mostly outdoor event with events like an egg and spoon race, sack race and obstacle race.

The 2021 event was scheduled to start at 10am.

Meet location and venue for event tbc - this listing includes DRS' registered address.

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Naomi Hope went on a group run
Group run
Derby

A brilliant wind up

Tue 28 Jun
Report written by Naomi Hope

We were back at St Matthew’s for a very different GoodGym experience – a trip up the clock tower - something we’ve been looking forward to since admiring the clock on our first visit.

Ashley and Naomi planned to run through the park, but a last minute injury put a stop to that and so the group ran a total of 0 miles!

The wind ups started when Pete arrived, as the Church Warden David told him that Naomi had left something at the Jurys Inn and asked if he could run back and fetch it! Pete was not fooled, but Paul was momentarily perplexed when David told him the task had been moved to another Church and we’d meet him there! It was clear that we were in for a fun night!

We might have missed out on the run, but we made up for it as we climbed the narrow, winding steps to the top of the tower, over 70ft high. Each flight of stairs brought more gasps of awe as we saw initials carved into the 200 year old stone, the bell which pre-dates the Church, having been cast in 1787, and the incredible hand crafted workings of the clock. As a hobbyist watchmaker, Ashley was in his element, talking us through the parts and asking David all about the history and maintenance. Ashley and Paul were given the exciting opportunity to wind the clock up … the best wind up of the night!

The final climb up a steep ladder was a nerve wracking prospect for Naomi, who has a compromised balanced system following recent brain tumour treatment. Not wanting her to miss out, the group rallied like a team building exercise, providing encouragement, reassurance and lots of pairs of hands so that we all made it right to the top of the tower. The best team in the business. And what a view! With the wind in our hair and our hands firmly gripping the edges of the cage, we took in the spectacular sights of Derby from up high. It was worth the jelly legs and racing heart!

After a careful descent, David treated us to an egg custard tart and a cup of tea. It all felt very much like we were on the receiving end of the good deed, so although our time was up, we couldn’t leave without doing some work. We stayed for another half an hour and cleared the grass and weeds from a few more graves, feeling like we earned our treats.

We are back here on the 2nd July and 16th July if you’d like to join us. It’s always an adventure, a privilege and a joy to be at St Matthew’s Church. Thank you for a really special evening.

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Naomi Hope went on a community mission
Community mission
Derby

Picking for pirate treasure

Sat 25 Jun
Report written by Naomi Hope

As the Furthest from the Sea Festival came to a close, Lorraine and Naomi were on hand to help with the clear up!

We started with a litter pick (in the hope of finding pirate treasure), giving the Cathedral Green a GoodGym clean. This was followed by us supporting the team with taking down the flags, flower garlands and banners.

Naomi had taken part in the Round Sheffield Run earlier, so it was a day filled with getting fit and doing good!

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Naomi Hope completed a training run • Round Sheffield Run with Simon
Sat 25 Jun
17.9km
02:14:04
07:29/km
Naomi Hope signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Derby

Tidying the plots and the Garden of Rest at St Matthew's Church

Sat 16 Jul 10:30 am
St Matthew's Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1EF
Improve the grounds and make the plots more accessible for visitors

We've had a couple of Group Runs to St Matthew's Church (first task and second task), and have been amazed at the difference we've made. So many of the memorial slates can now be seen in the Garden of Rest, and overgrown graves have been cleared.

But .... there's lots more to do!

There are 2 Community Missions (2nd July and 16th July) where we can make even more of an impact with a few hours of GooodGym power!

Please join us at one or both missions to support this beautiful Church. This is a Community Mission (no run) so we will meet at the Church. Please bring a pair of gardening gloves.

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Naomi Hope signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Derby

Tidying the plots and the Garden of Rest at St Matthew's Church

Sat 2 Jul 10:30 am
St Matthew's Church, Church Lane, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1EF
Improve the grounds and make the plots more accessible for visitors

We've had a couple of Group Runs to St Matthew's Church (first task and second task), and have been amazed at the difference we've made. So many of the memorial slates can now be seen in the Garden of Rest, and overgrown graves have been cleared.

But .... there's lots more to do!

There are 2 Community Missions (2nd July and 16th July) where we can make even more of an impact with a few hours of GooodGym power!

Please join us at one or both missions to support this beautiful Church. This is a Community Mission (no run) so we will meet at the Church. Please bring a pair of gardening gloves.

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Naomi Hope signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Derby

GoodGym x Great Get Together: Furthest from the Sea Festival

Sat 25 Jun 16:00 pm
Cathedral Green, Derby, DE1 3AF
Help tidy up after this family friendly festival

"Once again Furthest from the Sea’s colossally creative crew will be dropping anchor on Cathedral Green for the 9th Furthest from the Sea Festival. On 25th June this central riverside site (just outside the Museum of Making) will be home to an abundance of activities to get involved with, performances to make you smile, and space to sit back and enjoy a day of fun for all the family. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, along with support from some great local organisations, all activities are completely free – just bring a smile and a large wad of enthusiasm. Fancy dress most heartily encouraged!"

We'll be helping to derig and litter pick after the Furthest From the Sea Festival finishes. The festival is running from 10am to 4pm and we'll be needed from 4-5pm. Volunteers are welcome to stay and enjoy the festival whilst the activities are taking place before helping at the end.

There is another session listed to help ahead of the festival from 8.30-9.30am.

You will ideally need your own litter picker for this session and to bring along bin bags as well as wearing your GoodGym t shirt if you have one. If you don't have a litter picker please let me know and I can let the organising team know who will be helping with taking everything down at the end of the festival.

Find out more about the festival here

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Naomi Hope completed a training run • GoodGym run back after task
Tue 21 Jun
2.2km
13:00
06:02/km
Tue 21 Jun
2.2km
14:21
06:29/km
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