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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!

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – our speediest walker – Elaine!

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Hi I’m Elaine a long time supporter and trustee for it’s good 2 give charity.

The reason I signed up to walk 4 kiltwalks in 2018 is for a few reasons, firstly let’s be honest when Lynne asks who fancies a challenge who can actually resist, as she is such a caring and inspirational lady who founded the charity and works endlessly to run it, can any of us actually say NO!!

Secondly I became involved after meeting Lynne when my son Aaron was undergoing over 3 years of treatment for Leukaemia, the help we received from charities made a huge difference to our difficult time and I always vowed after Aaron got the all clear I would go that extra mile to raise whatever money I could to help others in the same situation so I thought why not walk 100 miles, 4 kiltwalks and admire some of Scotland famous cities.

Thirdly we know how lucky we are that Aaron is well today 23 years old and in March he will be 10 years off treatment and all the steps I walk for charity is nothing compared with the steps the children take whilst going through treatment.

The charity does amazing work providing practical support and has a beautiful ripple retreat where families can enjoy a break , so go ahead join us, cheer us , sponsor us, get involved, it certainly gives you great satisfaction knowing your helping make a difference. ( keeps you fit too 😉).

(ps from Lynne – you will have to be fast if you want to see Elaine – def our speediest walker! Awesome lady with awesome family – love them to bits)

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – this time it’s the ‘Boss’

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Note from Lynne – Shonagh has written a guest blog post about her participation in all 4 Kiltwalks this year.

She and I have worked our socks off (literally) all year to make this the best fundraising and fun opportunity for our charity.  Thanks also to Trustee Joanna doing an impressive one woman recruitment drive we have over 320 walkers walking for us.

I take my hat off to Shonagh and Jo.

Shonagh really has been Kiltwalk ‘Boss’ this year.

Read her story here…….

I decided to walk all four Kiltwalks and walking 26 miles on each walk … because each mile represents Evie’s 26 months of her life.

If you don’t know who Evie is, she is our daughter who will forever be 2 years 2 months…. she is the little sister of our amazing son Alfie who is walking Edinburgh’s 5 miles and she is the inspirational girl of many, many people!

Evie has touched the hearts of her local community in Dunfermline, and beyond! In May 2013 cancer killed her. I hate cancer, and I will do everything I can to help make the lives of young cancer patients and their families easier.

It’s Good 2 Give does just so, it provides practical support to families who’s children have cancer all over Scotland and more recently it opened the doors to the Ripple Retreat, a place where families can go for a short break to escape from the trap of cancer, its tranquil , peaceful, and full of love and fun. It can’t cure cancer but it can bring families closer and create beautiful memories. I am teary as I write this as you can’t ever know what it’s like to live through seeing your child hurt so much through cancer and it’s treatments until it happens to your child, and anything that can help just that tiny bit, can make a huge impact.

I know It’s Good 2 Give does all this because my family was that family who received the support through such a horrible time.

Please, if you can walk 6, 13 or 26 miles or looking for a challenge to push yourself…. I would love for you to join us next year in one or more of the Scottish Kiltwalks – too late to sign up now for Sunday! Though you can still offer to volunteer or cheer on our walkers

ask yourself WHAT WOULD EVIE DO?

She would do it , and sing and dance all the way

Thank you to the moon and back

Shonagh

 

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Kerr family

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Since our son / brother Tiernan was diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago we have been huge supporters of It’s Good 2 Give! After experiencing first hand just how much cancer treatment can affect the whole family we know how invaluable the support from It’s Good 2 Give is / can be for families during the most unpredictable times.

It’s Good 2 Give! is a real team effort and this is shown in many ways. The dedication from Lynne, Ian and the team is incredulous as they spend so much time and put so much love into the charity to help in as many different ways as possible.

Our family (Mark, Carla, Caitlin, Arianna, Tiernan and Ellamae) have organised a few events this year to help towards our Kiltwalk fundraising

  • Sponsored haircut for the Princes Trust
  • Golf Competition
  • Tenpin Bowling Competition
  • Bagpacking
  • Raffles
  • Tombolas
  • Bake sales
  • Teddy sales

From these events we have managed to raise over £5200 for It’s Good 2 Give! and we know this will make a huge difference. 

Mark and Arianna (kneeling down in the photo below) are so excited to be part of the IG2G kiltwalk team next week in Edinburgh. Bring it on!

 

Young Ambassador Blair – an entrepreneur in the making

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2018 is the Year of the Young People.  I am very proud of all my Young Ambassadors

Blair has been a Young Ambassador for a year now and is a force to be reckoned with!  His enthusiasm for It’s Good 2 Give shines through all he does.  His fundraising idea is a cracking one.

Blair has had water bottles printed with our logo on them and he is selling them for only £4 per bottle or £7 for two.

He can post them out to you (post and packing at cost) and he deserves to sell out!

Will you help him do that?

Bottles can be bought by contacting us and we will pass your orders along to him!  (Did I say he was only 9?)

 

#onemillionsteps in one month for itsgood2give

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One Million Steps in One Month

Sound tough? I think so.

However supporter Stevie McCracken didn’t think so! He downloaded an app on his phone and off he went on 1 August.

Often on his own, sometimes with company he has walked through blisters and aches but now he is almost at the end of his month (and well on target to achieve his 1 million steps) he says he is finding it easier. Go figure!

At the same time as walking he has been raising funds for us – his total is currently £1600 and rising!

We think his achievements are awesome.   Thanks Stevie so very much for doing this – and in addition helping raise awareness of it’s good 2 give.

Thanks to Broughton Removals

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we are very lucky to have two storage units at Broughton Removals in leith.

‘Today we took dozens of smaller storage boxes to add to the units. For one awful moment I thought we were going to need a third unit but fortunately the guys helping us were seriously impressive at packing.

Suddenly our garage looks empty!

‘It’s all progress though. We got several donations today and so I added thank you cards and letters to my to do list for today. Having also done a fair bit of gardening today I’m feeling tired. Good tired. But means I’m doing a short post today.

Enjoy photos from this morning.

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

Ripple Retreat scarf

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A couple weeks ago, I got a message on twitter from a weaver in Derbyshire – he offered to create a design just for us reflecting the colours around the Ripple Retreat.

There is red for our house colour, blue, green and brown to reflect the national park – it looks gorgeous!

Neil is giving us some throws/blankets for the Retreat which is incredibly kind of him.

For every adult Ripple Retreat he will donate £5 and for every child scarf we will get £2.50.

I put in the first order, taking care of my dad’s birthday present!

You can read more here on his website.

It is another interesting, kind, fundraising idea!

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Blog updates – Edinburgh Running Network

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I have neglected you and I am sorry!

Past few months have been incredible – productive and busy and filled with wonderful supporters, and donors.

Over the next few blog posts I hope I can bring you up to date!

I am not going to do it in any order – just share as many of our good news stories as I can.

First up then is this – at the end of August the Edinburgh Running Network organised their annual fundraiser – the LP Run  – I love the concept – way back in the day (not THAT long ago, but it sometimes feels it)music came on LP records.  They played for 33 and a third minutes – I have no idea why, they just did.  So the LP run is to run for 33 and a third minutes and see how far you can run.

The event was held at Meadowbank Stadium on a sunny Sunday morning.  It was fascinating to watch – each time the runners did a lap they collected a band from the volunteers and when the hooter went signalling end of time they had to stop in their tracks and each person had to have their distance worked out!

Our role was simpler – we served teas and coffees – funnily enough it was a tough job as we used up all the hot water quite quickly and had a queue of thirsty runners waiting on it to boil.  You know what they say – a watched kettle never boils!  Fortunately the runners and supporters were distracted by an array of cakes on offer – there was a cake competition and once the judging had taken place the runners could tuck in.  They had certainly deserved it. Fellow Trustee Susan and I were helped that day by two of our Young Ambassadors Lucy and Skye.

The afternoon ended with the awards ceremony and the drawing of the raffle.

Last month the organiser Eleanor presented me with a cheque for £674 which was rather splendid.

Huge thanks to all who donated – we all very much appreciate it.

 

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Young Ambassadors Lucy and Skye helping at event

 

Childrens/Family Portrait session

Cheque presentation