GoodGym are a nationwide charity who combine regular exercise with helping local communities, either with projects or with individuals, who might need a helping hand.
15 runners made their way (by running, walking or cycling) to Mavor Court, which consists of 38 flats mostly for those over 55.
Along with the help of the residents, adhering to social distance rules, the volunteers pruned, raked, dug, chopped and bagged up all the garden waste, clearing up the whole area.
Kenny Macdonald, Customer Liaison Officer at Guinness said: “It was a fantastic achievement by everyone involved and the area looks so much better. The volunteers from Goodgym really helped to make a difference.”
Resident Joanne Clewes said: “Mavor Court is a lovely area to live in and the flats are well maintained. Kenny from Guinness has enlisted the help of several organisations to improve our garden area and we are all looking forward to next summer. Keep up the good work.”
Nicola Marshall from Goodgym said: “This task was awesome. It was the most physically demanding and most impactful mission to date, and we loved it. There was a great turnout and great community involvement. It was lovely to meet new people and we must all do our best to help our communities.”
As part of transforming the grounds at Mavor Court there are plans to build a seating area, a new drying area, build composters out of recycled pallets and generally make the area a place where the residents can really enjoy their home and the outdoors.
As well as help from Goodgym, other volunteers have helped transform the area, including The National Citizens Service, Men In Sheds, Manor Way Allotments, residents, friends and family. Greenfingers, grounds maintenance contractors kindly provided brushes, shovels and rakes. So a huge thank you from us to everyone who have helped on the journey so far.
If you’re interested in finding out more about GoodGym and seeing how you could get involved, take a look at their website.