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The Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThis has to be our favourite venue – it is central, easy to get to, good sized room (though we could do with it bigger and I do beg them to ditch the horse paintings in the main function room!) but most important of all we have a cracking relationship with GM Marcello Ventesei and his team.  We love our Blingo events there and in fact May sees our 10th Blingo event at the hotel.  Can’t wait.

Marcello also ensures our Young Ambassadors Club is well looked after too – we have a room in the hotel once a month to meet for our workshops.

 

In addition to all that they raise funds for us!  funds were raised by Christmas party goers at
the Roxburghe through donations and the hotel raffling prizes at each
party night. This years Christmas parties are now available for booking
and the Roxburghe has pledged the same support for both charities in
2016.

Trustee Louise Caithness went along to collect the cheque from their Christmas fundraising – we share it with Cash for Kids.

Which turns out well for the photo as you can see Rachel from Cash for Kids on the left then Grant Stott (multi-tasking – Trustee of Cash for Kids and Patron of it’s good 2 give!) and then Louise, our trustee and on the right is the wonderful Marcello Ventesei, GM of the Roxburghe.

Thank you so much to Marcello and his team for supporting us so well

 

A very special 10th It’s Good 2 Give Blingo

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Nothing quite like it.
It’s Good 2 Give Bingo, dinner, wine and fun – what’s not to like?

This is a special year for us – our 10th Blingo at the Crowne Plaza Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh – help us celebrate in style.

Thursday 14 May 2015
6.45pm till 11.30pm

£550 for table of ten – inc reception drink, 3 course meal with half bottle wine and tea/coffee. 3 games bingo with terrific prizes

Hosted by the one and only Grant Stott and Tonya Macari!

ONE TABLE LEFT FOR THIS EVENT
if you want to come along contact
shonagh.itsgood2give@gmail.com

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Looking forward to 2014

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I’m so pleased with all we achieved in 2013 – raising over £300,000 in one year is phenomenal. Thank you for your part in that achievement.

But here’s the thing – we need to do it again in 2014!

Lothian Buses outing - taking a group on the Horrible Histories Bus and meeting author Terry Deary

Why?  Because we have been gifted land and aim to build our Retreat on it during 2014.  A Retreat that young cancer patients and their families will be able to use, to spend time together.  In addition to building the Retreat we will continue with our other practical support to families – providing snacks to the wards at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and at The Western General Hospital for patients and parents (and that includes treats for Christmas and New Year’s day – we were very proud to provide lovely buffets for both those days), organising monthly workshops, providing parent packs for those parents staying in hospital with their child, and giving help with ironing.  We have also this year been able to help two families with some garden maintenance.

That’s why I need your help again.

 

Sometimes it is fun to have a theme for your year and because this year is the year that the Commonwealth Games return to Scotland we are making it the Year of Fitness for It’s Good 2 Give.

Our signature events will still be on the agenda but we will have lots of fitness events too.

A couple of months ago Balanced Physiotherapy took us on as Charity of the Year and last week the Scotsman Spa did too.  What great opportunities await us!

Let’s see what we have planned so far

Fitness

  • Mid-February will see the start of an 8 week Pilates course with Iain Dunn (time and dates to be confirmed but mid-morning and weekday likely for this first course)
  • If there is enough demand for it we will also organise an 8 week yoga coursethe lovely Andy Finlay from Lothian Buses who organised their 64 cyclists
  • again if enough demand (we would want at least 6 participants) we will organise an 8 week nutrition workshop on healthy eating – for the 8 week block cost would be £180 per person – these would be held on a Friday afternoon in Stockbridge.
  • we’ll be starting a Walking group at the end of February too – limited number of participants and walks will vary – joining the group will cost £100 per person per year and for your membership you will also receive monthly offers
  • Mid-May we will host our first ever 5km run/walk – round Heriot-Watt grounds at Riccarton- this run will be for all ages
  • This year our late summer Pedal 4 Paul bike ride will take place on Sunday 24 August and  be just for us – it will start and end at Musselburgh Race Course and we’ll cycle round East Lothian. There will be three categories of ride (full information very soon)
  • and another first for us – we are going to host a 5 a side football tournament at Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton.  Very early days for plans but we will be publicising them in January.  (and it’s inside so not weather dependant!)

 

In addition we’ve got

Our signature events

Trustees Susan and Lynne at Spring Blingo

Trustees Susan and Lynne at Spring Blingo

  • Spring Blingo  15 May at the Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh- sold out but we do operate a waiting list so get in touch if you want to come.
  • If I get an Event Patron and a good bit of help I might organise a cycling themed mini-fashion show in June during the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
  • Our very special Fashion Show returns after a year off  – 5 October at Erskine Stewart’s Melville School, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh
  • Our 3rd Ball at the Sheraton Grand, 15 November hosted by the one and only Grant Stott – tables of ten £650
  • Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Caledonian- a Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Sunday 14 December – already 50% sold – it really is a fabulous festive event and great value as all our events are – for £30 you get luxurious and festive afternoon tea with a glass of Prosecco.

 

Challenges for 2014

I reckon we can get 100 individuals/schools/businesses to pledge to raise £1000 each for us during the year – doesn’t have to be all in one go and could be more! Already Angela Hamilton Geraghty, Susan Stewart and Marlyn Minto have signed up to this challenge.  So I only need to find 97 more.

  • Join our Givers Club – we have a handful of regular givers and would love to have 50 by end of 2014 – from as little as £5 per month you can really make a difference.
  • IMG_8940Doesn’t always have to be on the grand scale – Take one Smartie tube (giving away the smarties or putting them in a big jar and turning them into a challenge of their own – guess the number of smarties in the jar) and fill the empty tube with 20p pieces – started two years ago by Ali and Carol of Curves gyms, Edinburgh with stunning success and taken up by the occasional supporter we are bringing it back big time for 2014

 

 

 

One of our collecting boxes filled with coppers

  •       Save pennies in one of our collecting boxes – my dad did just that and packed it with coppers – when we emptied it there was over £10 in it. Result!
  • Pound pics – a great one for adults and children alike.  We have postcards that you fill in your details on one side and on the blank side do us a drawing that includes a £1 coin. Masterton Primary School in Dunfermline took on the challenge and raised £98 – could be a fun fundraiser at schools, nurseries, brownies/cubs/guides/scout groups – every quarter we will choose the best in different categories (age – up to 5, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16 and adult) and give a book prize.
  • One of the requirements for taking part in Pedal 4 Paul is to wear odd socks – an endearing habit of Paul’s.  What to do with the other pair of odd socks?  Fill them with coins over the year and make that part of your fundraising for the bike ride!

Easy fundraising

If you are spring cleaning and come across – old jewellery and that includes costume jewellery or broken gold chains or earrings, reasonable condition clothes and shoes, printer cartridges, old mobile phones, CD’s, DVD’s please give them to us – we can get money for themIMG_2278

Shop online?  Consider doing so via Give as You Live and once signed up to raise funds for us you will never notice doing anything – I’ve raised £138 in two years.

 

Return of the Wishing Tree

Our first tree in 2011 was in St Andrew Square gardens – it was bitterly cold, not busy and we still did very well.  However I think a new strategy is needed and I would like to see us doing a Wishing Tree in 2014 – what is it, do I hear some of you ask?  It is a tree that we hang tags from – tags that have messages of hope, love, optimism on them and the people who write the messages make a donation to It’s Good 2 Give.  We need to find a new (warmer) spot this year – ideas gratefully received!

I think we have got something for everyone there – if anything interests you or you could help us with publicising events or organise one yourself for us do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

All that is left is for me to wish you a happy and healthy 2014

Lynne

 

Christmas Blingo 2013

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What?: Blingo

When?: Thursday 5 December 2013  645pm till late

Where?: Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square,  Edinburgh

Fantastic night out – ladies only.

Prizes are incredible and the night is such fun.

First time we have organised a Christmas Blingo and we are most excited!

Still great value at £550 for a table of ten – that includes a reception drink, 3 course meal with half bottle wine per person, tea or coffee and 3 games bingo.

Tables are selling well – it’s a fun way to celebrate the festive season and still be supporting a small local charity.

To book your table get in touch soon.

 

Blingo 2014

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What?: Blingo

When?: Thursday 15 May 2014  645pm till late

Where?: Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square,  Edinburgh

Fantastic night out – ladies only.

Prizes are incredible and the night is such fun.

this event is provisionally sold out- email now if you’d like your name down on our waiting list  – lynne@itsgood2give.co.uk

New charity/business partnership

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I am delighted to announce that we are now the charity that florists, Bloemen Ecke, at Murrayfield will support.   We have bought from Bloemen Ecke for many years now – both personally in sad and happy times and for the charity.

John has already offered to supply some prizes for Blingo – oh, how I wish I could win some of our prizes!!

Watch this space for some of his creations……..

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Blingo!

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Here we are again – Blingo 2012.

All set and Ellie is raring to go.  Our wee elephant mascot comes to all major events.  She is very special to me.  Reminds me why we do what we do.

anyway, car is packed up, outfit is finally chosen, prizes are beautifully wrapped by our superb wrappers, Tia and Karen (thanks so much, girls), lists and clipboards are ready.

Let’s get this show on the road

 

 

Blingo

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Not long till our 2012 Blingo.  24 May – just nine days away.

Lots still for me to do.   Working this afternoon on the programme for our lovely guests.   I’m meant to be on hols in london but can’t forget about everything and besided Blingo is my special event and I love it to bits.

Have got almost everything ready for it but no goody bags this year.  Was just too hard to get items in that quantity.  If anyone has any advice for me do get in touch.    I totally understand how big companies want to just deal with say one charity but it makes it so hard for the little charities to get in on the action!   It’s a tough time out there.

However all our prizes and auction items are fantastic.  The meal is tastiest ever – the hotel have promised the best Blingo ever and I have so much confidence in them I have booked next year’s – 30 May if you are interested and I have sold 17 tables already

Well, instead of chatting here I had better get to work on finalising our programme.

 

Latest It’s Good 2 Give t-shirt design

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WE listen to our supporters and the young team helping to organise this year’s Fashion show asked if we could get special bling-y  t-shirts for the volunteers.

Ok, I said, let’s ask Kirsty at Caledonian Clothing what she can come up with for you.

And this is it!

I LOVE IT. So does everyone who has seen it so far – in fact some even put an order in for them though we initially had no plans to sell them.

They will get their first outing on our volunteers at Blingo in May and then will be used by all volunteers at our Fashion Show on 4 November.   But just in case you do want to buy one we will sell them for £10 each.

Thanks, Kirsty for all your help in designing them.