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!/

(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.

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.

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 art part 5 – harmonies in wood

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Harmonies in Wood

almost 8 years ago I won an award as Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year and the award itself was beautiful. I have always loved wood and find it very tactile. So the day after receiving the award I got in touch with the designer of the award.
That was Scott Irvine and he told me no one had ever commented on his awards. And that was the start of our relationship. Over the years Scott has given me stunning pieces for auction items at big events. He has designed pieces I have given (on a personal basis) to two retiring Trustees for long and special service and our Young Ambassadors have the chance to receive an award designed by Scott later this year.
For the Retreat Scott wanted to create something special and unique. He certainly achieved that by creating a beautiful mirror. It has ripples, a loch and Ben Ledi. It has been much admired by our Open day visitors and I am sure that our family guests will love it too.

You can see more of Scott’s work at Soprano Ice, Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh or at his website.












Once Scott saw the Ripple Retreat and its new logo he very kindly designed and made the stunning coasters shown in pic below for us.  So many supporters have expressed an interest in them that they are now also for sale at £15 each with £2 from each purchase coming to It’s Good 2 Give.  It’s hard to choose which is my favourite colour – they are all so lovely.  Thank you Scott.

If you would like to buy one or more do get in touch with Scott directly or email me.


Ripple Retreat art part 4

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Serena Hale

Serena is a great friend of former Trustee Marlyn. She has organised workshops for our families and previously donated art to auction so it was an extra special treat for us to be given six pieces of art by Serena. We kept two pieces to auction at our Afternoon tea events and the other four are now hanging in our dining area of Ripple Retreat. We love the vibrancy of colours and my personal favourite is the tree picture.

Thanks, Serena.

Rippler Retreat art part 3

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The John Lewis story

I made a gift list at John Lewis for our Ripple Retreat – many supporters had expressed an interest in buying something for the retreat and this was an ideal way.
Months later and many many gifts bought the list was closed and all the items delivered to the Retreat. I was very happy with the way John Lewis team had helped – I had a named representative to speak to at any time, Keiran and he helped by finding alternative items or postponing deliver date.
After the Retreat was open he called to check all had gone well and asked me for a picture of it as he wanted to share it with his colleagues. I obliged.
Little did I know that what he really wanted it for was to have this picture made for us and sent with a lovely letter expressing their admiration for the Retreat and our wee charity.
We love it and its story even more!

Ripple Retreat art part 2

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We wanted our hallway to become a gallery of art that meant something to us in the Charity.  No sooner had I said this than wonderful donations of art flooded in.
Look at this pic for example

Many years ago it was painted by a 6 year old Kim – niece of former Trustee and now Lead Ambassador Susan Stewart. A few years later Kim was diagnosed with cancer and very sadly died just before her 15th birthday. A year or so after this I met Susan and her sister Tricia – Kim’s mum.
They gave me Kim’s picture – well prints from it – they kept the original. We sold them at events and had one framed – we auctioned it and a long time supporter bought it. This must be nine or ten years ago remember.
Anyway, that long time supporter Merle and her husband Tony came to one of our open days and she brought Kim’s picture. She had read my post and decided to give it back to us for our gallery!
it is a much loved addition and we thank you Merle.






Young Ambassador Skye Dunlop and her family donated this lovely picture – they wanted to give us something nautical and special and it certainly is- chosen by Skye and painted by a friend of her family we love it.








The photo of Loch Venachar was taken by a friend of David and Jean Ferguson one May morning. I love it and David and Jean gave me this framed copy during my illness 2 years ago. I love it so much I wanted it to be in our gallery.










Over the past year or so i have become twitter pals with a lady in Aberdeen – her cousin Millie had died four years ago and Millie’s entire family have become passionate and enthusiastic supporters. Lynne and her daughter visited on one of our open days and brought us this gorgeous gift – perfect for our gallery and much admired already.

Our favourite blacksmith

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Kev Paxton is a blooming genius – he works with metal and just makes the most gorgeous sculptures. I was lucky enough to be given one of his bird feeder stations when I was sick 2 years ago. This beautiful structure lifted my spirits so much and since then the birds we have seen are varied and many. Most recently we have had the joy of seeing a woodpecker regularly visit the feeder station – a great treat.
Kev has a ‘wingman’ called Cat – she is a vital part of his team as are all the guys and gals who work for him. He teaches them this incredible skill of working with metal making beautiful art.
Kev and Cat are both Ambassadors for It’s Good 2 Give spreading the word about the charity and representing us.
As if it wasn’t enough donating Bill the Bull and fundraising with him (raised over £3k), ArtFe have donated one of their amazing bird feeder stations and a gate that is quite simply amazing. it has so much for a child and any adult too, to admire. There is a mouse eating cheese, a butterfly, a heart (because our new RR logo is a rippling heart), a snail, bees, and of course and quite majestically a big bold thistle. A very special addition just for me is the shooting star – a link to Zoe the first teenager I met 11 years ago.
I have a few favourite things at RR – the roof is one, Ben and Karen’s bench another and for sure Kev’s gate is right up there on my list.
If you want to see more of Kev’s work and I highly recommend it – you can see him with Cat and the team at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.