Steve Murtough

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Wed 21st Feb at 6:15pm

Setting Up the Cold Weather Shelter at the American International Church! 💙

AIC's cold weather shelter helps 16 Londoners each and every week - you'll be making sure things are ready and inviting for the evening's guests :)

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Wed 14th Feb at 6:15pm

Making beds with GoodGym friends :)

Camden Report written by Steve Murtough (he/him)

London’s weather is cold and hard during the winter months.

Luckily, most of us can escape into bright, warm, and welcoming spaces each day and every evening. But – there are many who can’t – and we are fortunate for initiatives and community spaces, like the American International Church, who host a cold weather shelter (in partnership with Camden’s C4WS) once a week from November through to March.

At GoodGym Camden we’ve been helping to set up their weekly shelter, and this Wednesday we were back to prepare for a full house, which was scheduled for that evening. There were five of us in total, including GoodGym regulars, Alex, John, and Jackie, and we also welcomed Charlie to our group, too – a very warm welcome to you, Charlie, and it was lovely to chat and share the evening with you!

We arrived at quarter to 7, and we went in, and being well accustomed to the task, we got going. We laid the beds out, put clean and fresh sheets onto mattresses, and then we attempted the Duvet Dance – have you heard about it? It’s a new trend (not yet on TikTok), which starts with throwing an inside-out duvet cover over your head, and then fumbling about to find the duvet’s corners (although, sometimes not the right corners!), and then propelling the cover onto and around the duvet to form a perfect sleep. It is quite challenging! But – after our season with the American International Church – we are on-trend, and we hope to perform the dance to accompanying music at the next London GoodGym social...

And then, after our dancing, and chatting, and working, we were done, and the shelter was ready and prepared for their guests that evening. We took a few photos (blurry, I’m sure – right, Alex?) and we headed into the night, and took in the evening with a gentle jog back to King’s Cross.

Thank you, all, and I am really looking forward to the next one ☺

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Charlie Linton

Thu 22nd Feb at 4:44pm

It was great to visit Camden! Thanks for a very nice welcome. Will see you again soon!

Steve Murtough
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Wed 14th Feb at 6:15pm

Setting Up the Cold Weather Shelter at the American International Church! 💙

AIC's cold weather shelter helps 16 Londoners each and every week - you'll be making sure things are ready and inviting for the evening's guests :)

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Wed 31st Jan at 6:15pm

The Strange Pillowcase of the People Who Do Good Deeds

Camden Report written by Steve Murtough (he/him)

My office is very close to the Francis Crick Institute, which is the starting location for our lovely Camden group. I left shortly after 6pm, and I entered the night at a gallant sprint. I ran hard, dodging commuters at a full pace, and moving my legs in a spiral of high-octane speed. Then, I turned onto Midland Road, and sprinting past the British Library, I thought I was moving faster than the car and bicycle combined. And yet – I still don’t know why – I was the last GoodGymmer there. From afar, while still moving at an eye-watering rate, I saw Camden regulars, John, Jackie, and Alex, having a natter. I almost collapsed in disbelief (and exhaustion, from all my hard sprinting).

So, I joined the natter. We caught up, and then John and Jackie headed over to our evening’s task, which is becoming a lovely, regular haunt of ours, at the American International Church on Tottenham Court Road. Alex and I soon followed, after a brief jog down Gower Street, and we reconvened at the church, where we were joined by Lici and Sarah.

Inside, we were met by the lovely, Brooke, and we were tasked to set up 16 beds for their guests that evening at the C4WS Cold Weather Shelter. Being regulars now at the church, we got to it, all of us knowing where to place the beds, and where the duvets and sheets are stored. Quickly, the rooms took shape, and while doing so, we caught up with one another and discussed our weeks and other lovely things. It was great to share the evening with you all.

Then, with the beds nicely set up, we said our goodbyes, took a quick photo on the stairs, and then we spent a few extra minutes outside on Tottenham Court Road, doing some more nattering. It was great, and I am really looking forward to the next one with you all 😊

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Steve Murtough
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Wed 31st Jan at 6:15pm

Setting Up the Cold Weather Shelter at the American International Church! 💙

AIC's cold weather shelter helps 16 Londoners each and every week - you'll be making sure things are ready and inviting for the evening's guests :)

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Wed 24th Jan at 6:15pm

We're Really Not Bed At This!

Camden Report written by Alex Murtough (he/him)

I'd arrived home after last week's group run. I'd boiled the kettle. I'd poured hot water and made tea. I'd tried gloves indoors - double socks too - opened all toes and all fingers - closed them - and repeated...

...and yet... they remained solidly - unrepentantly - painfully... numb!

Oh the difference a week can make. I feel quite smug. Sat here, with tea, and warm warm warm!

This evening was a joy. And that was because of the lovely people who filled it - thank you, all.

Six of us gathered at our usual spot outside the Francis Crick, and it was lovely to see Camden core regulars Jackie, John, and Steve, and we were very pleased to welcome Jo for their first good deed (welcome!!) and my wonderful old friend, Alex!

A short warm-up and meander through Bloomsbury later, and we arrived at the American International Church to our second group of lovely and eager Goodgymers, namely Emily (great to see you back in Camden!), Jess (welcome to the group!), Camden regular Lici, and Suze (great to have you join us this evening!)

Met and welcomed by the wonderful Brooke, we were told that the shelter was busy and full this evening, which meant 18 beds needing assembly and making, and our group got to things happily and swiftly.

Along the way, we found sparkling props (hello Penny the Penguin!) and instruments, left behind by a West End musical using their space for rehearsals; played bed-tetris as we discovered the optimum way to comfortably lay out multiple beds; and all marvelled (again!) at Jackie's wonderful duvet donning skills!

Across 25 minutes, our group left a space fit to welcome the AIC's guests, and I felt grateful to have enjoyed everyone's company this evening.

Here's to next time!

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Steve Murtough
Steve Murtough (he/him) signed up to a group run.

Wed 24th Jan at 6:15pm

Setting Up the Cold Weather Shelter at the American International Church! 💙

AIC's cold weather shelter helps 16 Londoners each and every week - you'll be making sure things are ready and inviting for the evening's guests :)

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