Nicola Thomas

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Running Out Time Relay
🗓Tuesday 2nd July 6:15pm

📍Queen Victoria Statue, Victoria Gardens, 1 Marlborough Pl, BN1 1UB

A collection sportive effort to celebrate climate action and nature!

STEFANIA ROSSOCarla WashbourneJane DallawayNicola Thomas
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Nicola Thomas (She/her) signed up to a race.

Tue 2nd Jul at 6:15pm

Running Out Time Relay

A collection sportive effort to celebrate climate action and nature!

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Nicola Thomas (She/her) signed up to a group run.

Tue 18th Jun at 6:15pm

Helping The Bevy

Provide support to a well-know community pub and social hub

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Nicola Thomas
Nicola Thomas (She/her) signed up to a training session.

Sun 16th Jun at 11:00am

June Trail Run

Join us for a jaunt into the Downs

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Nicola Thomas
Nicola Thomas (She/her) went on a community mission

Sat 27th Apr at 10:00am

Under April Skies - sun grows cold, sky gets black

Brighton Report written by Juliet O'Brien

Six Good Gym runners helped local volunteers with setting up and running Spring in the Patch community festival. It was luckily mainly a dry April day for set-up until about half way through the event when it started raining unfortunately. Juliet (who is also a Patch volunteer committee member) ran the community mission. Sarah and Pippa helped with set-up which involved putting up tents, carrying boxes from the container, setting up the bar and tea tent. Sarah came back for another volunteer shift later collecting donations on the gate, the innovation of being able to now take card donations has really helped. Nikki and Michael joined later too for different shifts, both on the tea tent serving tea, coffee, cold drinks and a range of home-made delicious cakes. The event attracted about 300 people and had four bands, bar, tea tent, a range of stalls including craft, hair braiding, face painting, Green party, Labour party and activities such as yoga and archery. We event had a potential MP volunteering on the bar! It was a very successful event, despite the rain and the Good Gym volunteers made a big difference.

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Tue 9th Apr at 5:30pm

Painting and pizza at Moulsecoomb Community hall

Brighton Report written by Nicola Thomas (She/her)

6 Goodgymers made their way 7km to Moulsecoomb hall to assist in their volunteers day on Tuesday 9th April 2024.

We were provided with white paint for the walls and doors of the lobby of the building to help refresh the space and give it a bright welcome for visitors. The hall provides a much needed space for the local community to hire at affordable prices for weddings and parties but also for regular classes etc. We painted the foyer before a new carpet will be laid in a few days time.

We were then given pizza which we devoured before making our way back home. A warm welcome to “new” Pippa too.

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Nicola Thomas (She/her) signed up to a group run.

Tue 9th Apr at 5:30pm

Help Moulsecoomb Hall Volunteers Day!

It will help the community with people power to maintain the garden and tackle painting

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Nicola Thomas (She/her) signed up to a race.

Sat 27th Apr at 9:00am

Parkrun anybody this Saturday? (East Brighton Park)

Come and run a timed 5K with other lovely mates!

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Nicola Thomas (She/her) went on a community mission

Mon 8th Apr at 11:00am

Run of food

Brighton Report written by STEFANIA ROSSO (she/her)

This week GoodGym participates in the Food Bank Run initiative in different Areas across the country to the benefit of local food banks.

Many people are worried about having enough money to buy food, and likely there are several foodbanks across Brighton & Hove city. On this occasion, GoodGym Brighton helped Brighton Foodbank, the first and independent Christian food bank, established in Brighton and Hove in 2000. Since the pandemic, they record an increase of 30% in households needing their help, from 1 to 30+ households a week. In 2021, they gave out over 5 000 boxes of food, helping 1 223 people.

I have been always particularly keen to help local organisations, like Brighton FoodBank, to tackle food poverty, and I was very intrigued to contribute to the running of the daily operations of the Brighton FoodBank together with Nicky. So, together, we enthusiastically prepared several boxed of food, ready to be collected by the foodbank’s clients – which is open to the public Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 4pm.

And, last but not least, after hours of slightly frustrating waiting, the delivery of food purchased weekly finally arrived at 4pm – just on time to prove the benefit of GoodGym superpower in handling loading and downloading a cargo! GoodGym-ers contributed also by delivering donations of food, especially of tinned food plus something to make the foodbank clients smile – which is indeed always welcome!

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Nicola Thomas (She/her) signed up to a community mission.

Mon 8th Apr at 11:00am

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Nicola Thomas (She/her) went on a community mission

Thu 28th Mar at 5:00pm

Choir BlowOut

Brighton Report written by STEFANIA ROSSO (she/her)

Nice community mission, with enthusiastic GoodGym-ers joining to serve food to the ChoirWithNoName prior their BlowOut Gig, including new member Juliet

Here is Stefania, Brighton GoodGym's Area Activator, and ChoirWithNoName singer, puclib talk at the event:

Most in Brighton know me as an active, sporty and enthusiastic person, with endless stamina. I am currently working with sustainable development for sports. Not many know that I like singing in choirs since my childhood. When I was motivated to walk to my community church even during cold and snowy winters after tiring skitoruing days, with blisters in my foot. Most would fall asleep in front of the telly, not me!
I moved to UK more than 20 years ago, for HE, a satisfying job and a deep interest in people and different cultures. More than 5 years ago I made a brave change of career to nurture different aspirations, with a consistent cut of salary and work environment, from international to be more Brightonian. Honestly? I still wonder if it was a good call! Brexit felt tough! Signed my face with bitter water drops and now, at times, I feel I am not fully integrated, valued or wanted even by charitable organisations or cooperatives. I have been collaborating pro-bono for a long time. Certainly, not being successful for years in job applications, without receiving constructive feedback doesn’t help to boost anybody’s confidence, does it? But, I like where I stand today! This is also thanks to GoodGym and the ChoirWithNoName, where I felt welcome since the first day I stepped in without even knowing what its name was standing for! A choir, where I could sing, again, for free! I find the ChoirWithNoName an incredibly safe and inclusive environment, full of shared empathy and boosting passion. Giving everybody a loud voice, even to those with hidden characters, emotions and frustrations we sometimes don’t dare to admit openly without feeling we are not good enough. Stimulating spontaneous friendship from a diversity of wonderful people, volunteers, a skillful choir director, Freya, and managers, Anna, Charlie, and an inspiring and value driven founder, Marie! Being valued openly for who we really are and for whatever we can bring, regardless – in my case, was enjoying cooking during the pandemic while we were singing on zoom! Soon enough this initiated several visits at my doorstep, at a distance, from members procuring me spontaneously food ingredients to cook again! I might not have experienced homeless like other members of the choir, but I needed to re-find my home in this country to re-boost my confidence.

I feel ChoirWithNoName is my home, and a great family, I am proud to be part of. Likewise GoodGym, really :-)

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