Sam Lefevre

GoodGym Southwark

Pack it up, pack it in...to the van

Monday 30th January

Written by Sam Lefevre (he/him)

Alex, Harriet, Ivar and Sam met Andrea at St. Faith's Community Centre to sort out and pack the donations to be given out at the GoodGym Westminster group run on Tuesday night. They all arrived in different ways: Ivar and Sam walked and took the public transport whilst Alex ran to the task and Harriet drove. It was a few minutes after work after all.

Newbies Alex and Harriet were in good spirits and good form as they were excited to be at their first GoodGym session. We sorted through donations collected by Andrea earlier today in central London before packing them into bags according to type. Most of the items were meant for rough sleepers and went into the van, but a few items found their home for the week in Shed 1 as they are bound to be swooped up in next week's Open House.

Despite being scheduled for an hour and a half, the team blasted through the task in half the time.

Well done everyone and it was great to see Ivar again and meet newbies: Alex and Harriet. Hope to see you all around sometime soon!

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Hanging around Edward Alleynian Club on a Sunday

Sunday 29th January

Written by Sam Lefevre (he/him)

Paulin and Sam based themselves at Edward Alleynian Club as they helped sort out through donations AND take in donations from the public.

They had to hang clothes and jackets as well as sort through homeware and shoes.

Once everything was done, it was all stored in Changing Room 5 for Andrea to collect.

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Ground maintenance 🌿

Sunday 29th January

Written by Sam Lefevre (he/him)

Ed and Sam met up with Ian and the Old Alleynian Rugby club Green team to tackle ivy and overgrowth behind the fence that goes along the South Circular as it was becoming wild.

The hour and a half session was tiresome, but rewarding when they were gifted chocolates.

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Course record on a cold Sunday 😳

Sunday 29th January

Written by Sam Lefevre (he/him)

A fresh and cold start to our Sunday morning as the bitterly cold winds brought out four GoodGymers: Daryl, Gemma, Gillian Dulwich and Sam to assist Peckham Rye Juniors parkrun team with various roles such as marshalling, funnel manager and timekeeping.

84 kids and their parents showed up despite the weather and there was even a course record of 6:42! 😳 3:21 a kilometre ♥️ and smashed his own previous course record by 9 seconds

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Bovril castle

Saturday 28th January

Written by Daryl Shaw (he/him)

6 GoodGymers, including first timer Leigh, came along on Saturday morning to help out at Kingswood House, a 19th century mansion that used to be owned by the inventor of Bovril!

Kingswood Arts are working towards opening for the public in April. Today's task involved continuing to clear a room at the back of the property that was started on Southwark's Wednesday night group run. There was appliances and furniture that needed to be moved down into the basement in order for the floors to be restored. The room used to be an orangery and the Kingswood Arts team are planning to make it into an indoor garden. We got to work while Jack from Kingswood Arts made us hot drinks. After an hour and a half of heavy lifting, Jack was happy with what we had got done and made us a round of Bovrils before sending us off with donated bread that was going to go to waste.

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We didn't sack it off 👕🎒

Saturday 28th January

Written by Sam Lefevre (he/him)

Jessie and Sam spent their Saturday morning along with the Crisis team at their warehouse on New Kent Road to load up trolleys filled with bags of clothes in preparation for when the vans came.

In the two hours, they managed to fill three van loads and sneaked in a cup of tea/coffee whilst chatting to Kevin, the manager about all things Crisis.

A very productive morning and even got a sweat on 💦

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