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

Meet the team

On the lookout for prizes and sponsors

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It’s that time again – we have half a dozen events in the second half of 2017 and so need to have lots of prizes and auction items for them.

We are already super grateful to a great many donors for donating some pretty special prizes and would love to be grateful to a few more donors!

Anyone able to donate please do get in touch.

We’d love to have some sponsors too for our events – we have  the Scottish Beer Awards, Blingo, Young Ambassadors Afternoon Tea, our Ball, Christmas Afternoon Tea and a new event still to be organised but definitely  happening – a fab foodie event at the Edinburgh School of food and Wine.

Do get in touch if you can help – we would love to hear from you!

email me on or Shonagh on

New Event! Afternoon Tea at the Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh

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What?    An afternoon tea event  organised by some of our Young Ambassadors

When?  Sunday 5 November 2-4pm with a pop up shopping area from 1-2pm – an ideal opportunity to start your Christmas shopping

Where? The Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Why?   We love organising events for our supporters and it is a wonderful way to raise funds for our small charity- although events are a huge amount of work, we love doing them and it is very important to us that our guests love attending!  The funds raised from today’s event will go to supporting our Ripple Retreat near Callander – a retreat for young cancer patients and their families where they can spend a few days away together in luxurious and relaxing surroundings.  Some of the funds raised will also go towards providing a defibrillator for the Callander area – our Young Ambassadors attend regular workshops and one of these workshops was an introduction to first aid.  At that workshop they learnt about the importance of defibrillators in saving lives and we all agreed it would be nice to provide a defibrillator to the area our Retreat is situated in.  The final decision on location will be left to  St John’s Scotland who we are dealing with.

How much?  £25 per person and that includes a glass of something sparkling!  (10% discount for booking a table of 10)

How do you get tickets?  Please go to our event brite page and you can book your spaces there.

Any queries – please contact Shonagh Byrne on

Not quite the end of a great week

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Pretty tired tonight so a wee short post!

Been an amazing week and successful too – today was the same.  More prizes pledged, more donations made, new fundraisers, and a ton of filing.  Boy, will I be glad when the filing is done.

Donald, our treasurer, came over for a finance visit and we had a visit from Paul’s parents, Ruth and Stephen. They had raised more money for us at Ruth’s workplace.  I am going to pop over to see her colleagues next week to do a cheque presentation photo.

I got confirmation of prices for furniture for the main area of the Retreat and an oak toy box so that is all ordered now.  We also fixed up our first visit of 2017 to the Retreat for next week – looking forward to seeing progress.  Before you know it, it will be time to move in.  I have been in touch with several businesses whose staff are going to help us for a day at a time.  Need to make lots of lists of jobs to do.

We need to decide soon on cleaning for the Retreat so that was up for discussion today, I have a number of folk who want to visit the Retreat and need to be careful when to fit that in so we don’t disrupt work there.  I have fixed up one photographer to come take pics of our guests at Blingo and the Ball but am on the lookout for another photographer to do photos throughout the events.

I have several items for sale raising funds for us and today was a great selling day – sold four items.  Trouble was I found four more to sell!  (best not to stand still in this house). One challenge for tomorrow is to pack up an umbrella with a proper handle and post it.

Over the weekend, as well as getting our swim in, I want Ian to video me doing a presentation for our trekkers to help them set up great fundraising pages, and to set up fundraising pages for our charity partners too.  I have done it successfully for a few but will do it for them all to encourage fundraising this year.

So, there is plenty to do though I am very satisfied with a job well done this week.



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.


Christmas Afternoon Tea 2017

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What?      Christmas Afternoon Tea

When?     Sunday 10 December 2017
                 2-4pm Afternoon Tea
1-2pm for pop up shopping

Where?   Waldorf Astoria – The Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Join us for a wonderfully relaxing afternoon – enjoy what I think is the finest afternoon tea in the city with a glass or two of  Prosecco.  Lots of chat, and some entertainment

All the while fundraising for a small volunteer led charity – Our Young Ambassadors will be helping our event team.

Superb value at £35 per person.

We can take bookings of any number from 2 to 30 but we will be seating guests at tables of 10 – a good way to make new friends if you have less than 10 in your booking.

This is an incredibly popular event of ours and will sell out fast so I recommend reserving your place soon.

payment in full by 31 August required

To make your reservation contact

Payment can be made by BACS, cheque, credit card or cash.

It’s Good 2 Give Ball 2017

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What?  Our 2017 Ball organised by Lynne and Ian McNicoll and hosted by the fabulous Grant Stott

When?  Saturday 25 November 2017 7pm till 1am

Where?  The Sheraton Grand Hotel, Festival Square, Edinburgh

Cost?  £800 for a table of 10, payable in 3 instalments – £200 on booking, £300 by 31 March 2017 and £300 by 15 September 2017

Tell me more…..

This is our 5th Ball and we want to make it special.   Special for our guests, our amazing supporters.

Of course it is a fundraiser but the main objective of the event is for you to have fun with your friends.

You will be welcomed with a reception drink of prosecco and that will be followed by that with a 3 course meal and a cheeseboard at the end of dinner to let you and your guests keep your strength up for all the dancing you will do!

Because there will be lots of dancing time – no silent auction to distract.  We will have a couple of items only for our wonderful host, Grant to auction later in the evening but that will be all auction wise.

There will be two raffles – a star raffle with an amazing prize and a regular raffle with very lovely prizes.

We take our wishing tree to every event and if there are guests who want to donate to our charity and know where their money is going this is a good option  – they can choose a tag – eg paying for a family of a young cancer patient to stay in the Retreat for a week £750, paying for a welcome hamper for a family staying at the Retreat £100, paying for an ironing voucher for a family in the Sick Kids hospital £40 – these are just a few examples.

We want to celebrate your support of our Ripple Retreat and our projects at the new Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh which is due to open in Spring 2018.

We aren’t paid fundraisers and have no office costs and we are very happy to work our socks off to make this event very special.  We will raise money at it but more importantly we will build on relationships we already have or start new ones if you are new to It’s Good 2 Give!

Come join the fun – to reserve your table, please email lynne ( at )





It’s Good 2 Give…… A mention to supporters

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No sooner do I put out a request for prizes than we get a stunner!

The lovely Susanna Hanl has donated before but this prize is truly gorgeous.

Thank you Susanna for designing this necklace and earrings set with the Ripple Retreat in mind.  One lucky guest is going to be very happy at our Christmas Afternoon tea event.

If you would like to see more of Susanna’d designs then head to her website!

susanna hanl xmas aft tea prize

2017 Plans for Prize donations and sponsorship

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It’s the time of year for me to start planning events in 2017 and this year is no different.

At the moment we have Spring Blingo and our Ball confirmed – 11 May for Blingo (sold out ) and 25 November for our Ball at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh.

I am turning my attention to securing sponsorship for parts of all of each event to maximise our fundraising.

Also, it is time to start asking for prize donations – I feel certain that folk must cross the road when they see me approaching!  However, last year’s experience of going through cancer treatment myself has meant that I am indeed a bolder beggar.  I ask very nicely and hope for a good response but understand if it has to be a negative response!  Surgery, chemo and radiotherapy have left their lifetime scars on me and I hate to think of what they have done to children and teens.

Our Ripple Retreat opens in 2017 and that will provide a fabulous respite during treatment or in the months after treatment and certainly for bereaved families.  In addition to fundraising for our Retreat, we are fundraising for our projects at the new Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh – providing the wall art in the children’s cancer ward and also super comfy chairs for parents on the ward and in clinic.  We need to raise £60,000 for those projects.

If you are able to help by providing sponsorship of part of Blingo or the Ball do get in touch – or perhaps you work for a firm who might consider sponsoring.

Same goes for providing auction and raffle prizes – we welcome any support to secure prizes – we need them for Blingo, the Ball, and for the Scottish Property Awards and Scottish Legal Awards in March and the Scottish Home Awards in June.

Anyone able to  help us please do get in touch – email me on Lynne ( at ) Good2GiveRipple-95

Thank you!


George Street events for It’s Good 2 Give

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Last month we held two events in George Street to raise some funds and awareness.

Two of our favourite stores were involved.

First up we had a fashion evening at Hobbs store – this is a stunning building and the clothes are gorgeous too!

More than 80 guests were welcomed with a glass of prosecco and lots of nibbles to enjoy while watching a short fashion presentation – Fiona from Hobbs talked through outfits she had chosen for our models – 5 very special ladies – two mums of young cancer patients and 3 nurses from the ward at the Sick Kids Hospital.  Earlier in the day Chris Dickson had treated them all to a hair do in  his salon Dickson Reid on Frederick Street, we then took our models to Eteaket for a bite to eat and a cuppa before heading to the Bobbi Brown studio – this has only been open a few weeks and it is stunning!  The team there did our models make up. (and I got a wee treat too as they did mine)

Onto Hobbs and they all had one gorgeous outfit each to wear.  After the fashion show, guests were able to mingle, buy raffle tickets, and enjoy a 20% discount on any purchases made at the event.

It was a fabulous evening and the team at Hobbs were so welcoming to us and our guests.

We raised around £1300 which is terrific!

Enjoy the photos from Aliton photography

by clicking here.

Then a couple of weeks later we were back at Bobbi Brown for a smaller event – 30 of us were treated to a wee tutorial and demonstration by one of their top make up artists – Shonagh was the model this time.  Again our guests were treated to a glass of prosecco and nibbles and the team at Bobbi Brown are just fabulous.

We have a few photos from that event too.   This event raised us around £600.

I think we will be back to both stores for future events – they were a joy to work with!