Events

We need you for our Kiltwalk teams in 2018

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6 miles in the pouring rain, Alfie, his wee pal Amy, and their dads, all wandered in the Kiltwalk, all waterproofed up, jumped in every puddle and even had an ice cream en route. They also raised funds and awareness for It’s Good 2 Give. Alfie and Amy were 5 and 6 years old. It took them 4 hours.

Alfie’s Mum – ME!!! And whole bunch of amazing troops doubled and quadrupled (and some) on the mileage and strolled 13 miles and strode 26 miles in the same pouring rain, through many bits of Edinburgh I didn’t know existed, raising funds and awareness for It’s Good 2 Give. Seriously the rain battered each of us… through Cramond, along Portobello (stopping for hot pizza), into town finding the railway tunnel , singing as we strolled down Arthur’s seat, meeting AMAZING supporters at the bottom, making our way back to Murrayfield. It took us 7 hours.

We were all part of the KILTWALK, and proud of every single step we each took.  For me , I walked 26 miles for Evie’s 26 months of her life. Cancer took Evie from us when she was only 2 years and 2 months old. IG2G supported Evie and us through practical support, and boy I know she will be proud of what we have done in her memory.

IG2G continue to support families with practical requests and of course with the Ripple Retreat here, the families can now have extra special time together in a place that’s so tranquil, so peaceful, so beautiful, to make new memories together and for a time of reflection too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By walking in the Kiltwalk, 6 miles, 13, or 26 miles, and it taking you 2, 4 or 10 hours, you are fundraising for this wee amazing charity and no matter what you raise… the Kiltwalk is going to donate 140% of that back to It’s Good 2 Give!  (They keep gift aid but in return donate additional 40% to the charity from the Hunter Foundation). You will be supporting many families in Scotland by fundraising for IG2G. Whatever the Kiltwalk you choose, it’s not near as tough as what some young people and their families are going through. Trust me on that one. I’ve walked in those shoes.

So … my question to you is … when would you like to take part? I couldn’t make my mind up so I am mighty striding all four! The dates for each Kiltwalk are noted here and you can sign up via this linkDo tell us too that you have signed up so that we can keep in touch with you.

Glasgow 29th April
Aberdeen 3rd June
Dundee 19th August
Edinburgh 16th September

How much does its cost?
Mighty Stride (£25 Reg Fee+£5 VAT+£1.65 Processing Fee)£31.65
Big Stroll         (£25 Reg Fee + £5 VAT + £1.65 Processing Fee)  £31.65
Wee Wander Adult  (£10 Reg Fee+ £2 VAT + 66p Processing Fee) £12.66
Wee Wander Child   (£5 Reg Fee+ £1 VAT + 33p Processing Fee)   £6.33

You will receive a pack from the Kiltwalk to help you with your walk, and from IG2G you will receive a FABULOUS tshirt specifically designed for the IG2G walkers in the Kiltwalk which we would love you to wear on the day.

Why not get your friends and family to do this with you? Your school or club? Get fit and feel good and know that you are making a difference too. See you at the starting line in Glasgow… and in Aberdeen… oh, and in Dundee, and did I say Edinburgh too?

Shonagh Byrne, Parent Ambassador and Kiltwalk coordinator for It’s Good 2 Give

Anyone want an ad in our Ripple Ball Programme?

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We are looking for businesses to take a full page ad in our A5 Ripple Ball programme in exchange for a donation of £250.

Each guest – and there are 400 of them – will receive a programme and this is a great way to advertise your business to them.

As volunteers, we organise the Ball ourselves so you can rest assure that your donation will go towards our fundraising projects.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be – do get in touch – we would love to hear from you.

 

 

Bon Papillon Art Fundraiser

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Last year at Bon Papillon gallery/cafe they raised over £500 for charity with sales of postcard- sized art, and they hope to do even better this year for another charity they love (that’s us, then!).

Ingrid and Stuart who are Bon P say

“Bon P has been delighted to be able to help out Lynne McNicoll’s charity ‘It’s Good 2 Give’ over the year as the amazing Ripple Retreat was built in the Trossachs, now used as an invaluable breathing space for families of children with cancer.

To help with the charity continue its amazing work, we are hoping you will help us out again with one (or more?!) small original artworks to sell over the course of December with all proceeds going to the charity. We are also hoping that some of Lynne’s celebrity pals will donate pieces for the cause!

If you need mdf or board please pop into Bon P and I will sort you out. Otherwise, any roughly postcard-sized pieces are welcome!”

Show opens 30th November at 5pm (alongside the annual show of Ingrid’s work from the year) and runs until 5th January.

Any questions email me or pop to see Ingrid – Bon Papillon is situated at 15 Howe Street, Edinburgh and Stuart is famous for his scone baking – though I also have a fondness for their bacon rolls.  It is a wonderful place to stop for a cuppa and of course now you can support us too by buying a wee piece of original art.

Any artists reading this please do consider donating a piece and lovely supporters reading this please consider buying a piece!

And if you know any celebrities yourself (or are one) how about asking them to donate something.

Thanks, Ingrid and Stuart – we very much appreciate all you have done to help us at our Ripple Retreat this year already and this is the icing on the cake.

You can contact me via our contact page here

and Ingrid by clicking here or here

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

www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/theretireesandfriends

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 lynne@itsgood2give.co.uk or Shonagh on shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk

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 Shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk

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 shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk

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 ) itsgood2give.co.uk