We’re Here To Make A Difference

 

It’s Good 2 Give (registered charity number SC041416)  officially came to life in April 2010. We support children and  young people with cancer and their families in practical ways. Our goal to open a Retreat for those young cancer patients and their families was realised in May 2017.  The Ripple Retreat will allow families to use it for a short break together – a purpose-built, restful, safe place.

 

On a day-to-day basis, however, It’s Good 2 Give provides support of another kind – anything that can make the lives of those impacted by cancer in any way easier. Whether that’s a parents pack, a workshop,ironing voucher  or nutritional snacks, we’ll try to find a way to make it happen.

 

What Do We Do?

It’s Good 2 Give offers support to young people with cancer and their families. We also try to make life a little bit easier on a day-to-day basis. Some of the things we do are:

Parents' and Patients' Packs

All the essentials plus a bit more for the unexpected stay in hospital. Click here to read more.

Nutritional Snacks for patients in Ward 2 at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and their parents

Nuts, fruit, smoothies, ice-cream,  cheese and biscuits: parents and patients need their energy at this hard time. Click here to read more.

Practical Workshops

Fun workshops that also give the young cancer patients a chance to try a new skill – from jewellery making to confidence building, fascinator making to bookbinding! Click here to read more.
 

Practical Support

   We can help with ironing – if needed we can provide up to 4 ironing vouchers to help families during treatment

Requests from professional staff

We respond quickly to requests from professional staff – eg we have provided 50% deposit on a motability car to allow a young man independence, provided laptops to let young people continue with their studies and keep in touch with friends and family while in hospital.  Small items like ‘dongles’ for internet access make a big difference too!  There are too many to list here but if you’d like to know more, do get in touch.

How do we do it?

We host a range of fundraisers throughout the year, and encourage people to hold their own. We’re little and local – and we aim to get the community as involved as possible. We’ve had successful ‘Blingo’ Afternoon Teas, a fabulous fashion show, pedalled 4 Scotland – the list could go on…

Who’s involved?

Anyone can give! We are volunteer led – Lynne works full time on a voluntary basis running the charity.   We have seven trustees and dozens of volunteers, who help at events whenever they can. We also have some wonderful figureheads (see the Meet the Team page)

How can I volunteer?

It’s Good 2 Give work on the basis that everyone can give. It doesn’t have to be money – you could give your time – or even your good idea. One very important thing you can give is blood. Cancer patients can need huge amounts of blood: it’s free, quick and – honestly! – not painful. It’s Good 2 Give want to take the duty out of giving, to make it a fun and memorable part of everyday life. Come along to one of our events and find out!  We’d love it if you organised one of your own – contact us to let us know your plans.

Our Young Ambassadors

Right from the moment we set up It’s Good 2 Give we wanted to encourage giving -of time, skills, ideas as well as money. We have had Young Ambassadors for over 4 years. We  give them experiences and training and peer support.  All with an aim to have young people representing It’s Good 2 Give and showing them how volunteering can be fun and very good for you!  We’d love to see some of our  Young Ambassadors become Young Trustees of our or another charity in the future. They learn basic office skills, presentation skills, introduction to first aid and how to organise and run an event. They do arts and crafts and organise a fundraising activity for themselves and must commit to 2 hours volunteering each month. The Young Ambassadors will be able to count the hours volunteered with us as part of other initiatives like Jass, Duke of Edinburgh, Saltire award though, of course, the focus is on supporting the work of It’s Good 2 Give!