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Our brave Skydivers

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Huge congratulations to all our brave Skydivers, Helen, James, Maggie and Rory.

It was a little frosty and cold but lovely blue skies for great photos.

They raised a wonderful £2058 for us which is hugely appreciated.

As you know every penny makes such a difference to help us support all the families.

Here are a few photos from the day.

Christmas Gift ideas

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1 October – time for some of us to start thinking about buying Christmas gifts for our friends and family.

We have some suggestions for you – as well as being quality, good value products they help our charity too.

Our friends at Hamilton & Inches have designed, exclusively for us, some stunning jewellery

The Shooting Star range comprises a silver necklace, ear-rings (both drop and stud), a charm, and a lapel or tie pin.  This range of jewellery is not available in Hamilton & Inches shop. It can only be bought from us directly.   Every penny from the sales comes to the Charity.

Email us to order yours – we can post out (p and p at cost)

 

Then we have our friends at Harmonies in Wood – in addition to making us stunning prizes for auction at events Scott has designed these gorgeous glass coasters with the Ripple Retreat logo.

They are available in any colour combination – and we get a lovely donation of £2 per coaster sold.  Each coaster is £15 (would make a fabulous wedding or anniversary gift too)

Order direct from Scott

 

Clare Steen of Silverbean jewellery has also designed us a range of stunning silver  jewellery.

Have a look – all jewellery can be ordered direct from Silverbean website 

A % of each sale comes to It’s Good 2 Give

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who support us by designing, making, and buying our merchandise!

A parent’s perspective

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On 25th January 2016, our beautiful son, Jacob, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This was detected during an MRI scan that was a follow up to a seizure he had in December 2015.  Jacob had no other signs of illness, so this came as a massive shock to us all. Since diagnosis we have focused only on Jacob and getting him through some very tough hurdles with the amazing support of our family and friends near and far.  He has undergone 16 months of chemotherapy and endured over 18 operations.  Our hearts are bursting with pride as he has been, and still is, nothing short of amazing.  He bounces back from everything thrown at him and continues to make massive strides forward.

 

Needless to say the last two years have been extremely stressful for all of us, both physically and emotionally. It really has been a rollercoaster.

 

In May 2017, we read an article in the Scotsman about The Ripple Retreat, a place where young cancer patients and their families can stay for a few days to escape from the stresses and anxieties that treatment brings. My wife Suzanne wrote to Lynne to see if it would be possible for us to stay for a few days as we weren’t sure if we would qualify as we live in Glasgow and the charity is based in Edinburgh so we thought perhaps they only support young people in East Scotland. Lynne wrote back to us explaining that the retreat is for young cancer patients from all over Scotland and she booked us in for five nights.

 

We were speechless when we arrived; the Ripple Retreat is one of the most beautiful buildings we’ve ever seen set amidst the most stunning of surroundings on Loch Venachar. Lynne met us at the door, showed us around and explained how everything in this super high spec house worked. Suzanne and I both had tears in our eyes as Lynne drove off leaving us with an incredibly excited four year old boy. What to do first?!

 

Our days at the Ripple Retreat will remain with us forever. For the first time since our nightmare started we were able to distance ourselves from treatment and surgery. Lynne also had support from local business that had provided us with vouchers for meals, activities and the butchers! We were able to recharge our batteries and spend time as a family again and forget about the huge stresses of the last two years. We were able to heal.

 

Jacob loved the large open-plan living space, playing the drums for the first time, playing outside on the swing and jumping on the musical stepping stones. In the evenings we would look out the lovely windows watching the sun set as Jacob watched Monsters Inc for the 100th time. For Suzanne and myself it was wonderful just to see Jacob enjoying himself and so relaxed. We felt like a normal family again and that was therapy in itself.

 

We owe Lynne and Ian a huge amount of gratitude. What they have achieved with the Ripple Retreat is nothing short of a miracle and I know that so many other families in a similar situation have also benefited immensely from their stay at the Ripple Retreat.

 

Thank you Lynne and Ian.

Paul Chapman (Jacob’s Dad).

 

postscript by Lynne

In past few weeks Paul has taken on a huge fundraising challenge for our charity – four big outdoor swims.  I feel shivery even writing about it.  Ian and I went to see him swim on Saturday past – he swam south to north Queensferry in the River Forth (1.4miles).  The conditions at the start of the swim were quite different to those at the end.  The wind had picked up and the current was much stronger.  Several swimmers had to be rescued by the rescue boats.(Paul wasn’t one of them)  This was Paul’s third swim for us having done 2miles in Loch Lomond and 5.8km the length of Loch Lubnaig  a few weeks back.  His last swim will be to swim  the length of Loch Venachar (5.3km) – The Ripple Retreat’s loch!

If you would like to sponsor Paul you can do so here.  He is definitely one of my heroes.

 

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Susie B’s team

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Hello, my name is Susie Bradley and I am so privileged to be a trustee for It’s Good 2 Give.
I became involved with the charity after they supported my family when our daughter was diagnosed with Leukaemia at 9 years old. I love everything they stand for and after experiencing their support personally, I know what a difference our fundraising can make to families going through the most awful diagnosis and subsequent treatment for a sick child.
That is why I am walking all four Kiltwalks this year, with the most amazing team of friends…Andy Simpson, Lee and Laura Fisher, Gary Sutherland, Lana Schofield and Martin Kennedy….together we are “The Caley Crew”!
We all work together in our ‘day jobs’ and we are all avid supporters of the charity…..we have been doing car boot sales, cake & candy stalls, tombolas, etc, to raise funds for our Kiltwalk efforts…..all this fundraising and our numerous training walks have kept the team very busy this year!
The banter on our walks is fantastic. I even put up with the football chat!
On the 4th walk this weekend, we will be joined by a few more pals and we can’t wait to share our Kiltwalk banter with them.
Andy is already working on what we are going to be doing next year!

Susie’s inspiration – her amazing daughter Sammi (now 18 and super healthy!)

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

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Hi I’m Kari, a forty something married mum to 3 wonderfully healthy teenagers. I work a full time job and life is pretty busy all the time but it’s a good busy, a normal busy and that’s the reason I’m doing the kiltwalk for it’s good 2 give, because I can! I can give up a little time every week to train. I can give up a day for the walk. I can ask family and friends to support me and help raise money for an amazing charity. What I can’t do is begin to even pretend to comprehend the turmoil and heartache of the families that are supported by ig2g during what must be the most devastating time of their lives. How busy their lives are in a totally different way than mine and how much support they must need to maintain any kind of normal. Support is key, it gets us through so many things in life and I have support on the kiltwalk in the group of girls who are also crazy enough to have signed up for this gig. We’re all in the same boat, working mums with families who want to do our bit to help. It’s through this group of friends I’ve met the person* who inspires us all. Once in receipt of the services of igtg she has turned her own devastating life experience into a positive driving force to help others and that truly is a gift from heaven. Fitting training walks into the busy schedules we all maintain has been challenging but we’ve all managed to squeeze in a decent long walk in preparation, if the laughs we’ve had along the way on training walks are anything to go by walking on the day will be a hoot with the added boost of the amazing atmosphere. For any potential new kiltwalkers out there, do it, do something awesome today, sign up to help an amazing charity and oh look after your feet, they’re gonna carry you over the finish line knowing you’ve helped make a difference!
 
* note by Lynne – the person who inspires them is our very own Shonagh – whose daughter Evie died from cancer aged just 26months old.
another  wee postscript to this blog post – Kari and the team held a fundraising event last night and their fundraising total is now over (drum roll please) £2000!

on one of our longer training walks.

at our fundraising event on 7 September 2018

Camino de Santiago trek

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We still have places available for our Camino de Santiago trek this October if anyone would like to join this incredible route.

A 5 day spectacular trek through one of the world’s oldest pilgrimage routes.

The El Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as ‘The Way of St James’, is one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the world and is a World Heritage Site.  A journey millions of pilgrims have completed over thousands of years. The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores.

Click here for more information

 

Fathers Day Gifts

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With just a few days  till Fathers Day ….

What to get Dad? How about clothes, chocolate or even whiskey? Find the best gifts and raise free funds for us when you order online via @GiveasyouLive http://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/itsgood2give