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New items for sale

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As it is spring we thought we would promote our lovely greetings cards – I think they shout Spring!

Every penny from sales comes to us – thanks to Alexis Manson for donating the photographs.

£3 for a pack of six (2 of each design) – we can post out to you at cost.  They are 150mm square. Blank inside for your own greeting.

Our latest Ripley bear is gorgeous – blonde, handsome and bearing our t shirt (see what I did there??)

At £50 he isn’t cheap but he is made in the UK and is suitable for all ages – a quality little bear made by Merrythought.

50% of the sale is a donation to us – get in touch if you would like one.

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Christmas Cards 2013 – Meet the Photographer

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I love that our cards are exclusive and it is giving me much pride to introduce  you to each of the people behind the cards.

Today, I introduce you to Alexis Manson, award winning local photographer
















Alexis did our Robin card last year and I fell in love with this photo of a different wee robin for this year’s card!






















A right cheeky wee chap.

I asked Alexis my five questions – here are her answers……

Who is your best friend?
Luca (my dog)

What is your favourite colour?

What is your favourite smell?

Favourite pudding?

Anything you would love?
A ticket to Oz ( to visit my beautiful niece and nephew)

View Alexis other  photographs at

10 ways to help It’s Good 2 Give this Christmas

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In no particular order!

1.   Buy our fabulous Christmas cards – designed exclusively for us – by people we know and love – author and one of our Patrons, Cathy Cassidy, young cancer patient Tabby Lawson aged just 8, Kate Holliday of Sunlight on Closed Lids and award winning photographer Alexis Manson.  Printed in Scotland and packed right here in Edinburgh by our wonderful volunteers.  Amazing value at £4 for a pack of ten – Cathy and Kate’s cards and £3.50 for pack of ten of Alexis and Tabby’s cards


2.  Come along to our events – a few spaces left at all our events this year (close to sell out so don’t wait too long) or you can book a table at our 2014 Ball.  Join our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news.


3.  Help us at our bagpacking or giftwrapping days – Saturday 21 December at Asda, Chesser Avenue and Sunday 22 December at M&S, Gyle – 2 hour shifts – email to add your name to the rota.


4.  Shopping online this Christmas?  Please consider doing it via Give as You Live – we get a donation at no cost to you – join here.


5.  Join our Christmas Cookie Club – a social baking experience mainly but also a wee fundraiser for us.  This is our first year and we hope to make it an annual experience.


6.  Join Team Pedal 4 Paul 2014 – our cycling challenge – late summer.


7.  Buy a voucher or products from The Make-up Studio, West Preston Street, Edinburgh and we receive 10% of all you spend. (quote Itsgood2give at time of purchase) -Chris is the only stockist in Scotland to have the Young Blood mineral make up range.  (we love it)


8. Buy a limited edition Hard Rock Cafe Lapel pin – with our logo and the iconic Forth Rail Bridge on it.  Every penny of the £8 price tag comes to us.


9. 2014 is the year of fitness for It’s Good 2 Give – register your interest in joining our ten week Pilates course (very limited availability -max 12 per course) with Iain Dunn starts mid February. cost £120.  Or you can register your interest in taking part in our Red Face Run – a 5km run/walk suitable for the whole family. Join our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news


10.  For the jewellery lover – we have a beautiful hallmarked silver charm from Hamilton & Inches – perfect for a charm bracelet but also good (this is my way of wearing it) on a fine silver chain as a necklace.  £35 each and packaged in Hamilton & Inches signature purple boxes wrapped with ribbon.


I’m not going to add it on as number 11 but consider it a wee bonus suggestion!  We also have our Buy A Service option – do have a look here.  One of our supporters is buying three ironing vouchers as gifts for three of the mums who have children in treatment over Christmas.  Such a lovely and thoughtful idea.

Christmas Cards 2013

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As ever our cards have been designed exclusively for us, printed in Scotland and packed right here in Edinburgh!

Buy these and you can be sure that every penny profit goes to our projects.

Let me show you them…….

First up – stunning cards designed by our Patron and Childrens Author Cathy Cassidy.

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We have packed them 5 of the girl and  5 of the boy into packs of ten for you with white envelopes – these are size A5 and a pack of ten is £4

Next we have a card designed for us by professional card designer Kate Holliday of Sunlight on Closed Lids.












Size is 155mm square and a pack of ten is £4


Our little Robin card is a photograph by award winning photographer and long time supporter Alexis Manson.   (Watch this space for more greetings cards featuring Alexis’ photos) size is A6 and pack of ten is £3.50













and last but certainly not least a very special card featuring a picture drawn by 8 year old Tabby Lawson.  Tabby is year 3 of treatment for cancer and doing really well.  Looking at this card it is hard to believe an 8year old drew it and I love it.  Meet Tabby here.  size is A6 and pack of ten will cost you £3.50.









Our thanks to all those who have designed our cards over the years and especially this year.

We are very proud to have our cards printed right here in Scotland by Farquhar’s of Perth – it makes a real difference knowing the people who are involved in every stage of the process.  Andy is their driver and always has a smile and good chat when he delivers our printing.

Our volunteers who fold the cards, then pack and wrap and tag them are the salt of the earth as are all those who help us sell the cards at events, fairs, exhibitions.

We will have all the cards at our upcoming events and  can order them via me – payment will be by cheque, cash or BACS (internet banking) or by credit card (small surcharge applies).  We can post out and will charge post and packing at cost.

Two of the cards – Cathy’s cards and Kate’s cards are available online at the Lothian Buses webshop. 

Here is a wee photo of  the cards being delivered to Lynne by Andy from Farquhar’s printers in Perth.  Shop local!





Christmas Cards

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Three of our designs are ready for sale – two more still to go to printers.

From the start of selling Christmas cards we decided we would always have individual and exclusive designs.  Oh, and have them printed locally (Farquhars in Perth – superb service).  If that means they are a wee bit more expensive then so be it.

Our first card is by Alexis Manson, award winning local photographer – she has designed several cards for us now or donated her photos I should say.  Stunning they are too.

I love the look on this wee robin’s face.   Thank you, Alexis – it is so good to have your support.












The next two cards are special too – designed especially for us by one of our charity patrons – Cathy Cassidy.  Cathy is a renowned children’s author and illustrator and very generously made these two pictures for us – (the originals are going up for auction at one of our upcoming afternoon tea events if you are interested).

Given Cathy’s timetable it is a miracle she found time to do them and we thank her for them.   I love the little dog with his antlers!

We don’t yet have an online shop so the only way to buy is to get in touch!

please email your orders to us and we will send them out at end October.

The packs are of ten cards and are keenly priced at £4 per pack for Cathy’s cards (size is A5) and £3.50 for the Robin (size is A6).

Postage and packing will be at cost.  If you are Edinburgh based we may be able to deliver thus avoiding postage costs.

All our cards will be for sale at our events.


Christmas Cards 2012

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We are very proud of our 2012 Christmas Cards!   Designed by people we know, printed in Scotland and packed by us.


First up is Alexis Manson‘s Robin photo.  Alexis is a long time supporter of mine and a keen photographer.  She took this photo of a Robin earlier this year and won the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and Scotsman newspaper Photography competition – wildlife category

We have had it printed as a C5 size card as it is such a stunning photograph.

Then we have Giddy Goat – the original artwork was donated to us by Lynne Chapman, children’s author and illustrator.  Giddy is gorgeous.  Now that the cards are printed (DL size this time)  we are having the original artwork framed so that we can auction it at one of our upcoming events. If you would like to put in a bid for it please do get in touch!

And now for this year’s It’s Good 2 Give cards – exclusively designed for us by Kate Holliday of Sunlight on Closed Lids this is our third year of Kate’s wonderful designs.

This one is entitled ‘Sing’  SORRY SOLD OUT


and this one ‘Celebrate’  SORRY SOLD OUT

Both are 155mm square.


All our cards are packed in ten’s and cost £3.50 per pack.

To order, contact me and we can discuss delivery or post and packing.

Payment can be by cheque, cash, BACS or credit card (with a small extra cost for admin).

Sales have been simply fantastic – we are sold out of Sing and Celebrate and close to sell out for Giddy and Robin.

We owe huge thanks to Alexis, Lynne and Kate for donating or designing especially to and for us.