Black Friday shopping

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Looking for a Black Friday bargain?

Don’t forget to click onto all of your favourite retailers via the @GiveasyouLive website or app to raise vital funds for us when you shop.

https://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/itsgood2give

 

Support us through Co-op Community Fund

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It’s Good 2 Give have been chosen for the Co-op Local Community Fund!

Every time members shop at Co-op, 1% of what they spend on Co-op branded products and services goes to help fund community projects.   Members can shop at any Co-op across the UK.

Members can choose which causes to support by signing into their membership account or by calling helpline on 0800 023 4708.  (Our cause is available for members to select until November 2019).

Alternatively please log on to https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/21152

and choose to support It’s Good 2 Give as your local cause.

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

Thank you for your support.

Our brave Skydivers

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Huge congratulations to all our brave Skydivers, Helen, James, Maggie and Rory.

It was a little frosty and cold but lovely blue skies for great photos.

They raised a wonderful £2058 for us which is hugely appreciated.

As you know every penny makes such a difference to help us support all the families.

Here are a few photos from the day.

Halloween treats

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Looking for the perfect accessories for your gruelsome ghouls and wicked witches?

In need of treats?

Whatever’s in your Halloween haul, be sure to shop via @GiveasyouLive – you’ll raise FREE funds for us when you do! >

https://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/itsgood2give

Zumba Fundraiser

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When?  

Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 10:30-12:00

Where?

St Stephen’s Centre, Stockbridge

What?

Fundraising Zumba class by Suzanne

Read what she says:

Please come along and help me to raise some money for this local charity. It’s Good 2 Give does tremendous work in Ward 2 of Edinburgh Sick Kids to help bring the ‘extras’ that make a long hospital stay slightly less horrid for kids and parents alike. Now they also have the Ripple Retreat on Loch Venacher, a house where children and their families, from across Scotland, can go to be ‘normal’ and enjoy time together.

FANCY DRESS OPTIONAL!

How much and how to get tickets?

Tickets are £8, buy in class or email Suzanne on  hoppi@postmaster.co.uk for payment details via PayPal.

Very special Christmas Cards

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Bringing the real meaning of Christmas to cards.

What do I mean?  Well, let’s see.  How about the fact that two cards were designed by a long time supporter Kate Holliday – a card designer.  She did so as she has done every year for ten years as a gift to us.  Exclusive designs at no cost.

The third card was designed by one of our Young Ambassadors – Tabby is 13 and went through treatment for cancer from age 6 to age 9.  She too designed the ‘Angels over the Stable’ card as a gift to us.

Or how about the fact that the cards, envelopes and packaging were donated meaning that, for the 8th year in a row, we an say that we get 100% of card sales.   We aren’t unique in doing this but we are in the minority!

Our cards are still good quality and good value.

Here are the three designs.  All are A6 size so that means it is an ordinary stamp for postage.  All are packed in 10’s.  One design per pack.  £4 per pack.  We can post to you for £1 per pack (UK only).  If you would like to buy any, please do get in touch.  And if you can help us sell out, we would welcome that help too!

Christmas Gift ideas

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1 October – time for some of us to start thinking about buying Christmas gifts for our friends and family.

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!

A parent’s perspective

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On 25th January 2016, our beautiful son, Jacob, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This was detected during an MRI scan that was a follow up to a seizure he had in December 2015.  Jacob had no other signs of illness, so this came as a massive shock to us all. Since diagnosis we have focused only on Jacob and getting him through some very tough hurdles with the amazing support of our family and friends near and far.  He has undergone 16 months of chemotherapy and endured over 18 operations.  Our hearts are bursting with pride as he has been, and still is, nothing short of amazing.  He bounces back from everything thrown at him and continues to make massive strides forward.

 

Needless to say the last two years have been extremely stressful for all of us, both physically and emotionally. It really has been a rollercoaster.

 

In May 2017, we read an article in the Scotsman about The Ripple Retreat, a place where young cancer patients and their families can stay for a few days to escape from the stresses and anxieties that treatment brings. My wife Suzanne wrote to Lynne to see if it would be possible for us to stay for a few days as we weren’t sure if we would qualify as we live in Glasgow and the charity is based in Edinburgh so we thought perhaps they only support young people in East Scotland. Lynne wrote back to us explaining that the retreat is for young cancer patients from all over Scotland and she booked us in for five nights.

 

We were speechless when we arrived; the Ripple Retreat is one of the most beautiful buildings we’ve ever seen set amidst the most stunning of surroundings on Loch Venachar. Lynne met us at the door, showed us around and explained how everything in this super high spec house worked. Suzanne and I both had tears in our eyes as Lynne drove off leaving us with an incredibly excited four year old boy. What to do first?!

 

Our days at the Ripple Retreat will remain with us forever. For the first time since our nightmare started we were able to distance ourselves from treatment and surgery. Lynne also had support from local business that had provided us with vouchers for meals, activities and the butchers! We were able to recharge our batteries and spend time as a family again and forget about the huge stresses of the last two years. We were able to heal.

 

Jacob loved the large open-plan living space, playing the drums for the first time, playing outside on the swing and jumping on the musical stepping stones. In the evenings we would look out the lovely windows watching the sun set as Jacob watched Monsters Inc for the 100th time. For Suzanne and myself it was wonderful just to see Jacob enjoying himself and so relaxed. We felt like a normal family again and that was therapy in itself.

 

We owe Lynne and Ian a huge amount of gratitude. What they have achieved with the Ripple Retreat is nothing short of a miracle and I know that so many other families in a similar situation have also benefited immensely from their stay at the Ripple Retreat.

 

Thank you Lynne and Ian.

Paul Chapman (Jacob’s Dad).

 

postscript by Lynne

In past few weeks Paul has taken on a huge fundraising challenge for our charity – four big outdoor swims.  I feel shivery even writing about it.  Ian and I went to see him swim on Saturday past – he swam south to north Queensferry in the River Forth (1.4miles).  The conditions at the start of the swim were quite different to those at the end.  The wind had picked up and the current was much stronger.  Several swimmers had to be rescued by the rescue boats.(Paul wasn’t one of them)  This was Paul’s third swim for us having done 2miles in Loch Lomond and 5.8km the length of Loch Lubnaig  a few weeks back.  His last swim will be to swim  the length of Loch Venachar (5.3km) – The Ripple Retreat’s loch!

If you would like to sponsor Paul you can do so here.  He is definitely one of my heroes.

 

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Susie B’s team

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Hello, my name is Susie Bradley and I am so privileged to be a trustee for It’s Good 2 Give.
I became involved with the charity after they supported my family when our daughter was diagnosed with Leukaemia at 9 years old. I love everything they stand for and after experiencing their support personally, I know what a difference our fundraising can make to families going through the most awful diagnosis and subsequent treatment for a sick child.
That is why I am walking all four Kiltwalks this year, with the most amazing team of friends…Andy Simpson, Lee and Laura Fisher, Gary Sutherland, Lana Schofield and Martin Kennedy….together we are “The Caley Crew”!
We all work together in our ‘day jobs’ and we are all avid supporters of the charity…..we have been doing car boot sales, cake & candy stalls, tombolas, etc, to raise funds for our Kiltwalk efforts…..all this fundraising and our numerous training walks have kept the team very busy this year!
The banter on our walks is fantastic. I even put up with the football chat!
On the 4th walk this weekend, we will be joined by a few more pals and we can’t wait to share our Kiltwalk banter with them.
Andy is already working on what we are going to be doing next year!

Susie’s inspiration – her amazing daughter Sammi (now 18 and super healthy!)