We are all about Kindness

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There has been much talk this week about kindness and its power. I want to add in my thoughts and observations.

When Ian and I set up It’s Good 2 Give over 9 years ago we wanted to create a charity that was centred around volunteering. All these years later and it is still at our core.

Ian and I volunteer our time to run the charity and the Ripple Retreat – we are surrounded by incredible people volunteering and/or donating and/or fundraising to support us. From the generosity of donors both individual and business who donate prizes or sponsor part of our and our fundraisers’ events to the incredible and loyal volunteer teams we have.

Just this week we had our snack team delivering treats to the parents and patients of ward 2 at Edinburgh’s Sick Kid’s Hospital on a daily basis, volunteers making up and delivering parent packs to Glasgow Children’s Hospital, a full team volunteering at an event that we were one of the benefitting charities, our incredible housekeeping volunteers at Ripple Retreat and the welcome volunteers ready to welcome our next family who stay.

If that doesn’t show kindness at its best, I don’t know what would. I am proud of all our volunteers and super grateful to each and every one of them.

I know how much the families on ward 2 appreciate our snack team and am sure those who stay at Ripple Retreat also appreciate the incredible efforts of those who helped fundraise or donated in other ways to create the retreat and those who help make it ready for every family every week.

Sometimes it is easy to forget all the folk in the background but it is important to recognise their efforts and kindness in helping – it is a wonderful choice they have made.

Let’s hear it for our volunteers!

More photos added soon (laptop playing up!)

Shop at Co-op and help us

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The Co-op community fund support It’s Good 2 Give. All you have to do is add It’s Good 2 Give on your membership account or by calling helpline on 0800 023 4708.

Every time members shop at Co-op, 1% of what they spend on Co-op branded products goes IT’s Good 2 Give.

All stores throughout the UK support this initiative.

Please do share with any friends, family, neighbours to get involved and select our cause.

Thank you for your support.

Overseas Treks 2020

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We love overseas treks and so do our followers. We have 3 planned for next year, 2020. One is to go and see the beauty of this World Heritage Site and climb to the Roof of Africa with Breaking Strain Events. You’ll be guided up the Machame Route over 6 days (also known as Whiskey Route), where you will ‘walk high, sleep low’ in tents allowing your body to acclimatise to the altitude before you summit Uhuru Peak at 5895m (19,000ft).

Another trek is one we first did in 2015 with Breaking Strain Events. It is a challenging trek due to the cold temperatures of Rovaniemi in Finland. You will spend 3 days trekking approximately 65km into the Arctic Circle pulling all your own kit on a pulk and sleeping on frozen river beds and lakes in tents. Finishing with a night in the Ice Hotel with a high probability off seeing the Northern Lights ( Aurora Borealis).

And we also plan a Vietnam trek. Why not join us for this fantastic opportunity to explore the traditional charm and rare beauty of this untouched part of Asia. Trek through the valleys and paddy fields of northern Vietnam to the breath-taking mountains of the Hoa Binh province. A trek not to be missed whilst raising vital funds for It’s Good 2 Give.

Please get in touch if you are interested in any of our treks

Come and join us for the Kiltwalk 2019

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2019 is our tenth year as a Charity – our goal is to raise funds to continue our support of families who have a child or teen with cancer.

In 2018 we had an amazing 340 people supporting us by doing the Edinburgh kiltwalk. Thanks to the support of these wonderful people and the Hunter Foundation we raised an incredible £150,000.

It is totally astonishing and very gratifying to know that everyone who participated did so well with their fundraising and that the wonderful Hunter Foundation topped up the money by 40%.

Also our very own Kiltwalker, Kirsty White, won the Arnold Clark car as well. Kirsty did the full 24 mile walk in Edinburgh and we are delighted for her. Every Kiltwalker is in with a chance to win a car at each of the walks and in 2019, it could be YOU!

The 2019 Kiltwalk dates are now out and available to book. You can choose 6, 11 or 25 miles at any location, more details below.

Please do support us if you can by joining our walkers. How about making up a work / school / friends / family team?

To sign up click on links below

For Glasgow click here

For Aberdeen click here

For Dundee click here and last but not least

For Edinburgh click here

Once signed up, do join our private Kiltwalk facebook group to get updates from us!

CK

Mothers Day and Easter 2019

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We have some wonderful gift ideas to give Mum (or Gran or auntie or Stepmum) on Mothers day and an alternative gift for the kids for Easter.

Thanks to our friends at Hamilton & Inches we have some stunning silver jewellery to wow the ladies in your life! These are not available in the Hamilton & Inches store but only direct from us.

We also have silver jewellery based on the Ripple Retreat especially designed and made for us by Clare Steen of Silverbean jewellery.

And for Easter treats, why not get the kids baking with our Baking Kits made just for us by one of our treasured supporters Janette McPherson.

The Ripple Brownie mix is £10 a jar and the cookie mix is £7 a jar and we get every penny from each sale! These sales allow us to put a baking kit into the Retreat for every family who stay and they love to use them often sending us photos of the finished brownies or cookies (before they are quickly devoured!).

To get any of these treats please get in touch. We are able to post the jewellery (to anywhere in UK – p and p at cost) but not the baking kits. These are available from a couple of Edinburgh locations (any day) or from the Ripple Retreat (but only on Fridays).


Thanks to customers

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A huge thank you to all the customers who donated during our “Charity of the Month” at Home Farm View, Kirkcaldy. Also the management for choosing us as their charity of the month.

If you know any restaurants or companies who would be willing to have our charity as “charity of the month” please do get in touch.

Here is a photo of our Young Ambassador Arianna Kerr who collect the £119 from Home Farm View.

Gifts that support our Charity

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We have some suggestions for you – as well as being quality, good value products they help our charity too.

Our friends at Hamilton & Inches have designed, exclusively for us, some stunning jewellery

The Shooting Star range comprises a silver necklace, ear-rings (both drop and stud), a charm, and a lapel or tie pin.  This range of jewellery is not available in Hamilton & Inches shop. It can only be bought from us directly.   Every penny from the sales comes to the Charity.

Email us to order yours – we can post out (p and p at cost)

Then we have our friends at Harmonies in Wood – in addition to making us stunning prizes for auction at events Scott has designed these gorgeous glass coasters with the Ripple Retreat logo.

They are available in any colour combination – and we get a lovely donation of £2 per coaster sold.  Each coaster is £15 (would make a fabulous wedding or anniversary gift too)

Order direct from Scott

Clare Steen of Silverbean jewellery has also designed us a range of stunning silver  jewellery.

Have a look – all jewellery can be ordered direct from Silverbean website 

A % of each sale comes to It’s Good 2 Give

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who support us by designing, making, and buying our merchandise!

Snowdon challenge

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A huge thank you to Tim Carter for completing the Snowdon Challenge whilst raising over £1,400 for It’s Good 2 Give.  We love to hear all about the different adventurous challenges that people take on.  Tim took on this challenge after hearing about our charity through his colleague (and one of our Trustees) Susie Bradley.

Here are a couple of photos of Tim during his challenge.

Thanks Tim

C

Can you help, any unwanted gifts?

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With 2019 being our 10th year of It’s Good 2 Give we will be having lots more events for you to join us.

Which in turns means lots more tombola / auction / raffle prizes needed…. if you perhaps have any new unwanted gifts then please do PM and let us know.

Anything would be much appreciated.

Trek in Transylvania this October

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Transylvania Trek (4th – 7th October 2019)
£100 discount on registration fee till end January 2019

Perhaps you always wanted to join one of our Treks but couldn’t take the time off work or from the family, well here is one suitable for all.

Discover Romania on this amazing weekend trekking challenge

On this unique trekking challenge, we will discover some of the hidden sights of Transylvania, and step back in time to experience rural life, Romanian style. Feast your eyes on majestic castles such as the famous Count Dracula’s ‘Bran Castle’, pass through traditional villages and hike through the stunning untouched scenery.

Our two-day trekking challenge, takes us along craggy mountain ridges, through indigenous forests and flower-strewn meadows and farmland, a fascinating glimpse of rural life in an almost medieval corner of Europe.

To take part you need to pay your non-refundable registration fee of £125, pay the costs of £1,200 tens weeks before departure, and raise the minimum sponsorship of £1,000 for It’s Good 2 Give.

What is included
– International return flights from Scotland to Bucharest
– Transfers upon arrival and departure and local transfers
– Head English speaking guide
– Local guides
– Twin-share accommodation (3* Guesthouse)
– Full board throughout
– Celebration dinner
– UTC Expedition doctor

What is not included
– Airport taxes and fuel surcharges
– Single supplement
– Entrance to castles
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Personal travel insurance

For more information click this link
https://www.ultimatechallenges.co.uk/challenges/europe/its-good-2-give-transylvania-trek/

or contact Shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk
Another option is to join our private facebook group of interested trekkers and see the presentation there.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1803612383041881/