Christmas is on its way

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HO HO HO!

#Christmas is on its way so get shopping, booking or ordering online @GiveasyouLive and start piling up those free funds for us

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

Tiernan’s fundraiser for Ripple Retreat

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Tiernan Kerr does us proud.

Young Tiernan has just done a superb fundraiser for us at his school – Newcastle Primary.

Raising an amazing £344.89 he had many stalls selling cakes, sweets, soft toys, knitted toys, pocket money toys and a tombola.

Tiernan knows all about cancer treatment having gone through it himself. He and his family were the first family to stay at the Ripple Retreat rating it five star!
Here are a couple photos of Tiernan and his friends at the fundraiser.
Well done Tiernan – we love our young supporters.

Are you an Asda shopper? You can help us…..

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We are always looking for new ways to help fundraise for our charity.

The Asda foundation supports local causes and donates £1 million a year to causes throughout the UK.

Anyone can nominate a cause.  Nominating It’s Good 2 Give! is really easy.

Here is quick step guide –

 

(1) Enter website www.storelocator.asda.com/#!/

(2) Store locator “Search” – enter your local store name or town

(3) Select your nearest store

(4) Under Asda community section there is a “Nominate” blue button- click on button

(5) This opens a pop up box – Simply answer the questions below

– Who are you nominating? = It’s Good 2 Give!

– Why do they need our help?

You could say something about our Ripple Retreat and the fact that we need to fundraise to maintain it so that families of young cancer patients can stay for a short break at no cost to them. We also provide snacks to patients and parents in the local oncology ward at the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, provide parent packs to parents staying in hospital with their child, organise workshops for the whole family and provide families with ironing vouchers

– Their Contact details (name & tel no) = Lynne McNicoll OBE, Chair and Co-founder, It’s Good 2 Give  (07901555352)

– To help us find out more about your nomination, please provide your name, email or telephone number

– Submit

We would appreciate if anyone has the time to nominate us and hopefully we can raise more money for the charity.

Thank you for supporting us!

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!)