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We need you for our Kiltwalk teams in 2018

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6 miles in the pouring rain, Alfie, his wee pal Amy, and their dads, all wandered in the Kiltwalk, all waterproofed up, jumped in every puddle and even had an ice cream en route. They also raised funds and awareness for It’s Good 2 Give. Alfie and Amy were 5 and 6 years old. It took them 4 hours.

Alfie’s Mum – ME!!! And whole bunch of amazing troops doubled and quadrupled (and some) on the mileage and strolled 13 miles and strode 26 miles in the same pouring rain, through many bits of Edinburgh I didn’t know existed, raising funds and awareness for It’s Good 2 Give. Seriously the rain battered each of us… through Cramond, along Portobello (stopping for hot pizza), into town finding the railway tunnel , singing as we strolled down Arthur’s seat, meeting AMAZING supporters at the bottom, making our way back to Murrayfield. It took us 7 hours.

We were all part of the KILTWALK, and proud of every single step we each took.  For me , I walked 26 miles for Evie’s 26 months of her life. Cancer took Evie from us when she was only 2 years and 2 months old. IG2G supported Evie and us through practical support, and boy I know she will be proud of what we have done in her memory.

IG2G continue to support families with practical requests and of course with the Ripple Retreat here, the families can now have extra special time together in a place that’s so tranquil, so peaceful, so beautiful, to make new memories together and for a time of reflection too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By walking in the Kiltwalk, 6 miles, 13, or 26 miles, and it taking you 2, 4 or 10 hours, you are fundraising for this wee amazing charity and no matter what you raise… the Kiltwalk is going to donate 140% of that back to It’s Good 2 Give!  (They keep gift aid but in return donate additional 40% to the charity from the Hunter Foundation). You will be supporting many families in Scotland by fundraising for IG2G. Whatever the Kiltwalk you choose, it’s not near as tough as what some young people and their families are going through. Trust me on that one. I’ve walked in those shoes.

So … my question to you is … when would you like to take part? I couldn’t make my mind up so I am mighty striding all four! The dates for each Kiltwalk are noted here and you can sign up via this linkDo tell us too that you have signed up so that we can keep in touch with you.

Glasgow 29th April
Aberdeen 3rd June
Dundee 19th August
Edinburgh 16th September

How much does its cost?
Mighty Stride (£25 Reg Fee+£5 VAT+£1.65 Processing Fee)£31.65
Big Stroll         (£25 Reg Fee + £5 VAT + £1.65 Processing Fee)  £31.65
Wee Wander Adult  (£10 Reg Fee+ £2 VAT + 66p Processing Fee) £12.66
Wee Wander Child   (£5 Reg Fee+ £1 VAT + 33p Processing Fee)   £6.33

You will receive a pack from the Kiltwalk to help you with your walk, and from IG2G you will receive a FABULOUS tshirt specifically designed for the IG2G walkers in the Kiltwalk which we would love you to wear on the day.

Why not get your friends and family to do this with you? Your school or club? Get fit and feel good and know that you are making a difference too. See you at the starting line in Glasgow… and in Aberdeen… oh, and in Dundee, and did I say Edinburgh too?

Shonagh Byrne, Parent Ambassador and Kiltwalk coordinator for It’s Good 2 Give

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

#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

Intrepid 7 climb Kilimanjaro for us

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Huge thanks to Denise Martin-Laurie leading her team of 7 undertaking the massive challenge to climb Kilimanjaro in October this year.

Denise has been a long time supporter of ours – attending several events over the years and I am so pleased that she wants to support us again.

Having tackled Kilimanjaro myself a few years back I tip my hat to them!  It is a tough climb.

All the very best to you Denise, Steven, Dave, Claire, Grant, Alison and Sandy – take it slow and steady and enjoy the views.

Their fundraising page can be found here

www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/theretireesandfriends

Meet the team

Everest Base Camp Challenge 2018

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One of our supporters, Graham Lawson, has decided to take on the challenge of a lifetime and do a trek to Everest Base Camp.   Graham has been a supporter for many years now since his daughter Tabby was diagnosed with cancer when she was 6.   Tabby is now well and one of our Young Ambassadors – an enthusiastic and successful fundraiser too!  Graham has already climbed Kilimanjaro and trekked in the Arctic for us but this is in a different league.  Everest Base Camp trek is tough.

He has even managed to persuade two others to join him on this challenge in April 2018.

Having said all that, there are still spaces if anyone is interested in joining him!   You’d have to pay your own way for the trek itself and then raise ££££ for us in addition.

If you would like to know more, get in touch with either Kae or Lynne

The photo below was when Graham was training for the Arctic Trek – you might recognise his companion!  (none other than Scottish Rugby legend, Gavin Hastings)

Graham pulling Gavin Hastings

Ripple Retreat Yoga Mats

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Your chance to buy a lovely yoga mat and at the same time make a £7 donation to us – a donation we will put towards our Relaxation day at the Ripple Retreat later this year.

Our first Relaxation day is for mums and will have yoga, reiki, massages and a fabulous healthy lunch on offer to the mums (at no cost to them).  These mums need a bit of pampering as they have a child or teen in treatment for cancer.

So if you would love a new yoga mat – one with our gorgeous rippling heart logo on it please do get in touch

collection only from either an Edinburgh, Dunbar or Dunfermline address

Wee Broon Dug’s ‘mum’ is busy again……

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Not often we get a gift like this but we had the pool to ourselves this morning for 50minutes!  Utter bliss.

Fair set me up for the day and  I got lots done.  Some personal and a few things IG2G.   Met my friend and fellow Trustee Susie Bradley (she who is Wee Broon Dug’s ‘mum’) at Craigie’s Farm for a cuppa and chat.

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We caught up on her plans for leading and organising a 20+ team of trekkers to do a climb up the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.  After our chat, I set up an event page on Virgin Money Giving and did a wee video for the trekkers to help them set up their own pages.   Must have worked ok because three pages have been done in past hour!  Susie is doing a great job and has plans to organise various training walks to get her team Ben Nevis ready.  You can see some of her team in the photo.

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Susie has been a very active fundraiser recently – it was her idea to have a Wee Broon Dug calendar designed and she found the amazing photographer Nadia of Yellow Dog Photography.   She raised over £1500 from sales of the calendar which is tremendous.  You will also often find her walking Wee Broon Dug wearing her IG2G jacket advertising  us very well indeed!

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Continuing my efforts to improve my fitness, we went a walk today – maybe further than I could really manage (was only about 3 miles) and so I had another rare treat of a mid-afternoon bath – filled with Epsom salts to help ease my aches and pains!  The walk also allowed Ian and I to chat about IG2G ideas and plans, and issues.  Once home, I have managed to fit in a bit of banking – checking the accounts and paying a couple of bills, achieved yet another sale, worked on a newsletter and had a think about who to ask to be our celebrity chefs at an event we plan in March.

Honestly, we need longer days in the next few weeks – there is so much to do and we are so lucky to be in this position.

 

Another Day in the Life of……..

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Despite today being a difficult one personally (5th anniversary of my stepson’s sudden death in a Road Traffic Incident) it has been a good day.

Ian and I worked together on a number of Ripple Retreat issues – ordering furniture and asking for discounts – I have been very successful in getting great discounts so far!  Time consuming but very worthwhile. Ian, meantime, was dealing with BT.  Enough said…….

Then I got a lovely call offering me a London Marathon place and so I had a couple of hours of checking with folk who had asked in the past and, well, to cut a long story short one of our fab long time supporters is going to take  up the opportunity.  I shall tell more next week – she wants to make a plan first before announcing it.

I started my January To Do List as in I started to compile it, not started to work it.  I need to clone me.  Yikes, there is much to do.

However, let me tell you about last night’s amazing success.  I wrote on our Facebook Trustees and Ambassadors page that it is more work than I ever imagined.  Because it is. That I need to get 250 prizes in.  That I need to sort events out volunteer wise.

Before you knew it, emails, messages and tweets were pinging in offering prizes and volunteers.  Hazel, one of our Glasgow Ambassadors pulled together a team of 6 volunteers for an event in Glasgow in March. Several Ambassadors shared a few posts about treks and challenges. One of our Ambassadors, Kev, offered us a fabulous topiary coo to auction.  At another event it raised £8500!.    Now, if there is anyone out there who would like to give me £10k right now, it is yours!   worth every penny – I have seen how these are made and it is hard work and incredible skill.  Not to mention Kev’s kindness in donating.

I now have 50 of the 250 prizes I need – there is much work to do on getting the rest but I like work. Just wish I had more time in each day.

In case I make it sound like life is one big party – raising money, organising events, asking for prizes, requesting discounts, let me tell you that it takes hours and hours or hard work and there is one job always destined to put a gloomy cloud over my head when it is mentioned.  Getting guests to pay.  We have some who are so fast it isn’t true. But there are also others who need a few reminders.  I hate doing reminders, makes me feel like a nagging wife (and Ian will very happily tell you, that I am far from a nagging wife).  I gotta do it though if I want to keep doing events.   Well, I say I gotta do it.  I mean me and Shonagh gotta do it.  She has the lion’s share of chasing.  The sigh of relief when all money is in for an event is audible in space, I am convinced.

Anyway, I must go as have a few more emails to send off tonight asking for prizes.  Wish me luck!

Kev Paxton of ArtFe - topiary coo

Kev Paxton of ArtFe – topiary coo

It’s Good 2 Give Ten Mile Tuesdays

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Trustee Kae came up with this absolute cracker of an idea.   I wish I was fit enough to do it – it sounds fabulous.

Here’s what she says –

Joining us on a Challenge? Training for an event? Needing to get fit? Love walking and just fancy meeting some new chums? Join us every Tuesday for a TEN mile training walk around Edinburgh – rain or shine. Starting next week from the corner of Kinellan Road and Ellersly Road at 6pm. Open to everyone! Wrap up and come along….

It’s FREE
For more information, please email Kae on kae@kaetinto.com

Marlyn Treks the Great Wall

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Guest Blog post by former Trustee and Company Secretary, Marlyn Minto.

Marlyn Treks the Great Wall

 

“You are completely bonkers” seemed to be the general consensus amongst the wonderful friends who sponsored me when I announced I was going to join the It’s Good 2 Give trek on the Great Wall of China. A year later, standing at the foot of a thousand plus step climb just to get on to the wall, I was tempted to concede they were probably correct.

In my final year as a trustee of the charity I had wanted to undertake a challenge which would test me personally and raise funds towards the Retreat, the building of which was underway. Enthused by the description of the trek by Lisa from Ultimate Challenges at the introductory talk arranged by Lynne, I was the first to sign up.

“You had better get fit” was the cryptic response from partner Ken who promptly appointed himself my personal trainer. The following day, exactly 12 months before setting off found me running up and down our 14 house stairs 8 times at 7am. Too breathless to drink my recuperative cup of tea I pondered the wisdom of my decision. However I gradually increased the stairs adding in cardio tennis, cycling and hill walking. My regime was briefly interrupted by the removal of my gall bladder but my fitness level when I arrived at Glasgow airport for the flight to Beijing was considerably improved. I still felt anxious however about my ability especially as I was, by far, the most senior in the group.

And it proved really difficult – up to 7 hours a day for five days of steep ascents on uneven and crumbling steps, clambering through watchtowers, scrambling through the bush when we left the wall to avoid military zones, crossing narrow ledges, descending at such an angle you had to lean back at 45 degrees, steps, steps, steps and more steps. The scenery was magnificent – for the most part there was not another human in sight and the wall undulated towards the horizon punctuated by watchtowers.

The camaraderie was similarly magnificent everyone looking out for the others, supporting, encouraging and praising. And when we felt it was all too much, the video of young cancer patient Kira, relating how she faced a much greater challenge, moved us to tears, humbled us and renewed our determination to complete the trek. We all did so, including, rather to my astonishment, me. The sense of achievement is enormous; in particular as Lynne tells me the 16 trekkers have raised close to £100000. I am so proud to have contributed to that.

On the Wall there were various discussions as to whether we would undertake future treks. I was quite firm that this was my first and last physical challenge. I hear a rumour however of a trek in Bhutan in 2018 so watch this space. Bonkers indeed!

Footnote by me (Lynne)

I met Marlyn today for a chat and found out she is super keen on our trek in Bhutan.   Marlyn is one of the most travelled people I know but hasn’t been to Bhutan yet and it is on her list of must visit places.  I am delighted to be able to give her the chance to visit and raise funds for a charity she loves to bits!  We have an information evening on 22 February at the Virgin Lounge, St Andrew Square Edinburgh from 6-8pm – if anyone else wants to find out more about the trek please do get in touch.

If you would like to see some of the photos from the GWChina Trek click here and you can see our Flickr album.