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NHBC awards lunch

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NHBC lunch

We were delighted to be the benefitting charity for the NHBC Pride in the Job awards lunch in September. Their guests were very generous with the donations in envelopes and we received over £6000 – money we will use to maintain the Ripple Retreat allowing families to stay at no cost to them.
Thank you to NHBC Scotland for choosing us and to the NHBC events team for looking after us so well.

Scottish Gin and Scottish Beer Awards 2017

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Scottish Gin Awards and Scottish Beer Awards

Well, who wouldn’t be chuffed to be part of these awards? We were delighted to be one of the benefitting charities from donations guests made at these dinners. KDMedia are the organisers of the awards and have supported us for many years. This was first year of the gin awards and it was very well attended. At the Beer awards we got extra fortunate as one of the hosts, Hardeep Singh Kholi, donated two dinners – he will cook for two guests in their homes raising a wonderful and much appreciated £3000 for us!

Thanks to Kirsten and her team at KDMedia for such tremendous support and also to our teams of volunteers giving up their time to help at these events.  We need you and appreciate you very much.

Angus heads for the high seas

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Angus heads for the high seas

New supporter Angus Kirk wanted to celebrate his milestone birthday in a very special way. Although he had no experience of sailing (other than being a passenger) he has signed up for two legs of the Round the World Clipper race. This is no mean feat and Angus will cover 8000 miles! I have seen a film of the boat’s conditions – it is cramped to say the least. I am in awe of his determination and we all wish him the best of luck and hope he doesn’t suffer at all from seasickness. He has already raised over £4500 for us and aims to increase that.
If you would like to sponsor him, the link to his fundraising page is here. I will keep you up to date with his progress.

Articles about his trip

Linlithgow Gazette

Edinburgh Evening News

Christmas Baubles needed

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Christmas Tree at Ripple Retreat
We are planning a lovely tall Christmas tree for our Ripple Retreat – I picked out the spot for it last year long before the Retreat was open. (I love Christmas).
I thought it would be nice if we asked our supporters to donate decorations to make the tree even more special. We would take a note of each decoration and make a wee book with all the decorations in it so that families staying would know how much love was put into the tree and its decorating!
We take a box to each event this year asking guests to bring a bauble (unbreakable only) and they are taking up the challenge. I have had some posted to me too and I expect we will get more the closer to Christmas we get. If you would like to donate a decoration, please do get in touch and I will let you know where to post/take it.
Here are some pics of the decorations already donated.

Anyone want an ad in our Ripple Ball Programme?

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We are looking for businesses to take a full page ad in our A5 Ripple Ball programme in exchange for a donation of £250.

Each guest – and there are 400 of them – will receive a programme and this is a great way to advertise your business to them.

As volunteers, we organise the Ball ourselves so you can rest assure that your donation will go towards our fundraising projects.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be – do get in touch – we would love to hear from you.

 

 

Bon Papillon Art Fundraiser

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Last year at Bon Papillon gallery/cafe they raised over £500 for charity with sales of postcard- sized art, and they hope to do even better this year for another charity they love (that’s us, then!).

Ingrid and Stuart who are Bon P say

“Bon P has been delighted to be able to help out Lynne McNicoll’s charity ‘It’s Good 2 Give’ over the year as the amazing Ripple Retreat was built in the Trossachs, now used as an invaluable breathing space for families of children with cancer.

To help with the charity continue its amazing work, we are hoping you will help us out again with one (or more?!) small original artworks to sell over the course of December with all proceeds going to the charity. We are also hoping that some of Lynne’s celebrity pals will donate pieces for the cause!

If you need mdf or board please pop into Bon P and I will sort you out. Otherwise, any roughly postcard-sized pieces are welcome!”

Show opens 30th November at 5pm (alongside the annual show of Ingrid’s work from the year) and runs until 5th January.

Any questions email me or pop to see Ingrid – Bon Papillon is situated at 15 Howe Street, Edinburgh and Stuart is famous for his scone baking – though I also have a fondness for their bacon rolls.  It is a wonderful place to stop for a cuppa and of course now you can support us too by buying a wee piece of original art.

Any artists reading this please do consider donating a piece and lovely supporters reading this please consider buying a piece!

And if you know any celebrities yourself (or are one) how about asking them to donate something.

Thanks, Ingrid and Stuart – we very much appreciate all you have done to help us at our Ripple Retreat this year already and this is the icing on the cake.

You can contact me via our contact page here

and Ingrid by clicking here or here

Tis the season to be jolly

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It’s time! I have waited till October before mentioning Christmas merchandise!
This year we have two cards
One is a nativity scene and one is a Ripple Retreat scene.
Both are A5 sized and so just need a regular stamp for posting.
We have packed them as a pack of 10 of one design or a pack of 5 of two designs.
We are incredibly lucky once again to have no costs with them so that every single penny from the sales of our cards comes to us. Special thanks to our printers Captivate Creative for their generosity and to Kate Holliday for designing them.
So do you want a pack or two?
If yes, get in touch as soon as possible – we have limited stock and once they are gone, they are gone!
£4 per pack – we can post to you  in UK- at cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our advent calendars are designed by a Ripple Retreat neighbour, Mia. The latest trend is for colouring in – it’s very therapeutic.
We have 200 to sell at a mere £1 each – a fantastic wee Advent gift for the little ones in your life.

They are A3 size
Again, get in touch if you want to buy one (or ten!)

#onemillionsteps Take 2

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Two special fundraisers recently have  had great fundraising ideas.  Stevie Mac challenged himself to walk #onemillionsteps in August.  And he did it!   (raised over £2k at same time).  Angela P took on the challenge to raise £1k to fund a week’s stay at Ripple Retreat for one family. I loved both ideas so much I decided to combine them.  And add my own twist – I love Christmas so I have decided to fundraise for the Christmas week.  I have increased the amount to £1500 as want to make the week extra special for the family staying.

I can’t manage Stevie’s efforts – post cancer treatment has long term side effects.  However I do believe I can do #onemillionsteps by my December birthday.  I have a watch that counts steps so will note my daily tally.

I’d love your donation, be it a pound, ten pounds or a thousand pounds!

Here is my online donation page.

I’ll let you know how it goes. Today, my first day – I did 6782 steps.  A good start.

Thanks for reading and keep on supporting.  I remember every single day how fortunate I am to have your support – there are a great many wonderful charities out there you could support and you have chosen to support us.

Much love to you for doing that.  Maybe you would like to join me on this challenge – feel free to do so – any amount you raise is most appreciated! (I think we have one more #onemillionsteps recruit in Carol – I’ll let you know when she starts her challenge).

Lynne

Callander Youth Project Trust fundraisers

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Last week I was delighted  to meet up with three young people from Callander Youth Project Trust along with their Youth Worker, Danielle Fitzpatrick.

They handed over a cheque for £207 from a fundraising event they held last month for us.

Aidan, Freya and Steven were really keen to see round  the Retreat and were very impressed with what they saw!  It was lovely that they all recognised that the families who stay will benefit most from the peace and the location.

We extend our thanks to Aidan, Freya and Steven (seen in the photo below) and also to Megan, Erin and Lucy who were involved in the event but unable to visit the Retreat.

We hope they keep in touch with us.

It is fantastic to have support from young people wanting to help other less fortunate young people.

Ripple Retreat Pier

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We enjoyed a lovely day at the Retreat yesterday as we officially opened the Pier.

Last year Cathal Morgan (architect in Tony Kettle’s practice and our day to day architect for the Retreat) designed a pier that complemented the Retreat perfectly.  We got planning consent and then we were introduced to the lovely folks at the Wooden Spoon Charity and after consideration they agreed to fund the Pier.  What we didn’t know at the time was that our estimate was way off base!

However, we met up with the folks from George Leslie, a contractor more used to building huge piers.  They said that they would love to build our pier and it was to be the smallest they had built and that the funding we had in place from the Wooden Spoon charity would be fine. (I think they have called it a cost-minus project though also acknowledge how rewarding it was to support us).

It was a massive construction job – we had a huge crane (if you know the site, you can imagine how tricky it was to get the crane to the site) and some days the weather was kinder than others but the guys kept going.

The curved end of the pier – the shelter – was funded by a private donation and that is made of glulam beams- made in Austria because no one in the UK was able to bend the beams to the curve required.

It really is a beautiful pier and allows families the chance to sit and look down the loch enjoying the stunning views.  If they are experienced sailors and want to hire a sail boat or canoe the nearby Loch Venachar sailing club is happy to help.  And if they have no experience, the sail club is happy to offer tuition or just take the family out on the water.

Yesterday, President of the Wooden Spoon in Scotland, the rugby legend that is Gavin Hastings, officially opened the pier.  Several trustees from the Wooden Spoon came along too as did CEO of George Leslie, John McNaught and  Ross Ritchie, also from George Leslie and Tony Kettle, architect of Ripple Retreat.

We were extra lucky in that as her next race is in Newcastle,  one of our Patrons, Lynsey Sharp, was able to attend.  She had visited the Retreat when it was a muddy building site and so was blown away by its beauty now that it is finished.

The pier represents a fabulous collaboration between two charities ( us and the wonderful Wooden Spoon charity), two businesses  (George Leslie, the pier contractors and indeed several other businesses who supported them.  Glulam Solutions for the curved shelter), our incredibly talented architect team at Kettle Collective and a private donor for funding the curved shelter – we are grateful to them all for providing this stunning addition to our Ripple Retreat.  It will enhance the experience of every family who stays at Ripple Retreat.

Thanks to one of our Lead Ambassadors, Elaine Whellans for some cracking photos from the day.