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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.

Ripple Retreat Pier

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We enjoyed a lovely day at the Retreat yesterday as we officially opened the Pier.

Last year Cathal Morgan (architect in Tony Kettle’s practice and our day to day architect for the Retreat) designed a pier that complemented the Retreat perfectly.  We got planning consent and then we were introduced to the lovely folks at the Wooden Spoon Charity and after consideration they agreed to fund the Pier.  What we didn’t know at the time was that our estimate was way off base!

However, we met up with the folks from George Leslie, a contractor more used to building huge piers.  They said that they would love to build our pier and it was to be the smallest they had built and that the funding we had in place from the Wooden Spoon charity would be fine. (I think they have called it a cost-minus project though also acknowledge how rewarding it was to support us).

It was a massive construction job – we had a huge crane (if you know the site, you can imagine how tricky it was to get the crane to the site) and some days the weather was kinder than others but the guys kept going.

The curved end of the pier – the shelter – was funded by a private donation and that is made of glulam beams- made in Austria because no one in the UK was able to bend the beams to the curve required.

It really is a beautiful pier and allows families the chance to sit and look down the loch enjoying the stunning views.  If they are experienced sailors and want to hire a sail boat or canoe the nearby Loch Venachar sailing club is happy to help.  And if they have no experience, the sail club is happy to offer tuition or just take the family out on the water.

Yesterday, President of the Wooden Spoon in Scotland, the rugby legend that is Gavin Hastings, officially opened the pier.  Several trustees from the Wooden Spoon came along too as did CEO of George Leslie, John McNaught and  Ross Ritchie, also from George Leslie and Tony Kettle, architect of Ripple Retreat.

We were extra lucky in that as her next race is in Newcastle,  one of our Patrons, Lynsey Sharp, was able to attend.  She had visited the Retreat when it was a muddy building site and so was blown away by its beauty now that it is finished.

The pier represents a fabulous collaboration between two charities ( us and the wonderful Wooden Spoon charity), two businesses  (George Leslie, the pier contractors and indeed several other businesses who supported them.  Glulam Solutions for the curved shelter), our incredibly talented architect team at Kettle Collective and a private donor for funding the curved shelter – we are grateful to them all for providing this stunning addition to our Ripple Retreat.  It will enhance the experience of every family who stays at Ripple Retreat.

Thanks to one of our Lead Ambassadors, Elaine Whellans for some cracking photos from the day.

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

Art at the Retreat part 7

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We had a lovely visit from our art advisers Ingrid and Stuart in June – they arrived bearing lots of arty gifts for us.
Thanks to
Hatti Pattisson for her lovely original art painted especially for us and now hanging with pride of place in our main area.
Ingrid Nilsson for her original painting again done especially for us and it is of Loch Venachar.
Ritchie Collins, Stanley Bird and Lynn Hanley for the prints they donated to us
Capital Glazing and Ashworth and Thompson who supplied the glass and framing supplies
Doricmor printers for printing all the giclee prints
What fantastic and amazing donations.
That was incredibly kind of you all and very much appreciated.
Our art gallery looks truly splendid and the bedrooms are much cheered by the wonderful prints.
Ingrid and Stuart have been a godsend to us as they have chosen where art is to go and best way to hang it. We simply couldn’t have done it ourselves.
We are also enjoying drinking our tea from lovely mugs gifted to us by Ingrid and Stuart – with a fabulous sheep painting on them.

 

 

 

Ripple Retreat art part 6

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Steven Brown art

Who doesn’t love Steven’s creations? wonderfully vibrant colours and highland coos!
We had, as you know, been given Bill the Bull the day before our Official Opening and been told that Ripple retreat was his forever home.
So, it was with great pleasure that new friend Maxine came along to see Ripple Retreat and brought us a gift – a Steven Brown colourful Highland coo just like Bill! Maxine knows Steven so she had got him to personally sign the print too. We know just where we want to put him – facing Bill the bull in the garden!