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#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……..

Posted by | fitness, kindness, Marathons and Runs, new Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh, The Retreat, Volunteers | No Comments

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

My first task: Donation from Westwoods

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This morning I undertook my first official task as an It’s Good 2 Give ambassador. I was strangely apprehensive before, most likely due to my aversion to having my photo taken, or because of the worry that I would say something wrong, or forget to carry out an essential part of the task. Representing something other than just myself suddenly felt like a big responsibility.

After triple checking that I hadn’t forgotten my name badge or giant laminated cheque, I hopped in the car and headed down to Westwoods Health Club to collect £260.74 that they had raised for us through a collection box at their birthday party earlier this month. I was greeted with a warm welcome at reception, had a lovely chat with the assistant manager, Colin, and then, after a minor setback trying to track down a whiteboard marker, he handed over the donation, we got a few pictures taken (to ensure there was at least one where I wasn’t blinking) and my work there was done! It was really nothing worth worrying about.

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When speaking to the staff at Westwoods we found out that the money was raised in honour of Stella Anderson Scott who sadly lost her three year battle with cancer earlier this year. During her illness, Stella raised thousands of pounds for children’s cancer charities. Learning about Stella’s story really touched me, her bravery and strength is so inspiring. She managed to raise a huge amount of money in aid of other young cancer patients, all whilst fighting her own illness. If Stella can do all that whilst undergoing treatment, we all have the time and ability to do our little bit! Stories like Stella’s make me even more glad I got involved in It’s Good 2 Give and do my bit to help, and I would encourage everyone and anyone to do the same!

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Bungee jumping for it’s good 2 give

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Immense thanks and admiration to the ten bungee jumpers who jumped yesterday (Sunday 20 March).

Super supporter Kevin Paxton and his team were amazing.

Our Ambassador Catherine Stops and Young Ambassador Hannah McPherson took part.

Enjoy the photos!

And if would like to sponsor them you can still do so here.

 

Raise £60 in 60 days – our new challenge

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Co-founder of it’s good 2 give, Lynne, celebrates her 60th birthday on 4 December 2016 –
As part of her celebrations she has set you a challenge.
Raise £60 for it’s good 2 give in 60 days.
Whenever you register with us, that is your start date (or you set a start date yourself) and then you must raise £60 within 60 days.
The funds raised will go towards either ig2g’s new 2016 project of providing wall art and other improvements to the oncology ward at the new RHSC being built at Little France. Yep, 60 an important number there too as we aim to raise £60,000 for our part in that project! Our other main project for 2016 is, of course, our Ripple Retreat and your funds might be used for this.
So, if you are up for this fun (and relatively easy) challenge and one that suits all ages and abilities, please do get in touch!

How about getting your classmates, colleagues, friends, family doing it together.

Imagine if we could get 600 folk to take part!
Helping out with admin on this challenge – Angela and Alice.
Angela has already agreed to be first to sign up herself!
How do you sign up?
get in touch
lynne@itsgood2give.co.uk
or message us here and one of us will get back to you asap.

If you want to set up an online giving page for this challenge you can do so here.

 

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Ripple Retreat Request

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Friday’s request is for the littlies!

Stylish and practical, we love Tripp Trapp chairs and want one for the Retreat.

There are a few accessories we would like too.

To make a donation click here and remember your name and item you have donated for will be detailed in our donor recognition book.

£145 would get us the chair itself and it is amazing and can be used up to about age 9.

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the harness below costs £28

 

 

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the padded seat is £28

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the baby set £39

 

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Ripple Retreat Request of the day – must be a baking item!

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It’s Wednesday again!  Perfect for GBBO fans.

Time to ask for a baking item – what shall it be this week?

How about a really easy one – cupcake cases, loaftin liners and baking parchment.

Essential items in this house and only one place to get them from!  (lakeland, of course!)

donations of £20 can be made by clicking here.

Remember that your name will be entered in our Donor Recognition Book.

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/15963/Baking-Parchment-Sheets

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/15963/Baking-Parchment-Sheets

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http://www.lakeland.co.uk/5553/2lb-Loaf-Tin-Liners-19-x-9-x-6-5cm

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http://www.lakeland.co.uk/18027/50-Dalek-Cupcake-Cases