Volunteers who advocate helping people while getting fit win a prestigious prize.
Jogging from Bath road to Upton Court, GoodGym, which combines physical activity and volunteering such as litter picking and feeding the homeless in Slough, won the physical activity for health award at the eighth Get Berkshire Active awards held at the Hilton Hotel, Reading, last Friday.
The scheme is supported by the council-run Slough Public Health where members have stopped in their tracks to do physical tasks for community organisations since forming in 2018
GoodGym has completed over 1,300 good deeds which also includes 29 coach runs to relieve burdens of loneliness of older isolated adults, and seven mission runs to help older adults with one off tasks.
These deeds have been carried by 109 participants aged 18-85 from all backgrounds where 6,000km has been covered on runs or walks and nearly 1,000 has been spent on community tasks.
Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “I am extremely proud our GoodGym running community, which combines exercise with good deeds for the community has won the “Physical Activity for Health” ward at the Get Berkshire Active annual awards.
“GoodGym Slough is only 18 months old and award winning already. Thank you to all the runners that volunteer their time each week to help others.”
Runners meet every Monday 6:30pm at Salt Hill Park Centre, in Salt Hill and encourage new members to join for free.
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