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Christmas Afternoon Tea 2015

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What?      Christmas Afternoon Tea

When?     Sunday 13 December 2015
                 2-430pm 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 Rocco Venezia Prosecco.  Lots of chat, a bit of fashion too from one of the city’s independent boutiques and entertainment from Gordon Robertson – Edinburgh’s answer to Michael Buble.

All the while fundraising for a small local charity – Our Young Ambassadors will be our event staff and Shannon Mackenzie, also a Young Ambassador, will host this event.

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 is almost sold out already so I recommend reserving your place soon.

50% non refundable deposit required by 31 January 2015 and balance by 31 October 2015

To make your reservation contact

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



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


  • 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



Christmas Afternoon Tea 2014

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What?    Christmas Afternoon Tea

When?     Sunday 14 December 2014

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

Time?     2-4pm with a pop up shopping experience between 1 and 2pm

Cost?       £30 per person


our special afternoon tea event returns – shopping, choirs, fabulous amazing afternoon tea and a glass of something sparking. what’s not to like?
Price has gone up for us this year but we are keeping it at £30 pp for you which is a real bargain.

Book your table now…….

Reservations taken now with a table booking fee of 50% (non refundable)

Email us if you want to go on the waiting list.

Our latest Afternoon Tea event

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Yet another wonderful Afternoon tea event today.

The setting of the Castle Suite at the Caledonian – a Waldorf Astoria hotel on Princes Street, Edinburgh is just gorgeous. The room is so so beautiful and lends itself to afternoon tea events so well.

Today was a bit different for us – we had added on £5 to our ticket price because we had as our guest choir – the Edinburgh Military Wives  and they will receive that extra fiver.

Our guests loved listening to the choir – indeed one guest has asked them to sing at her daughter’s wedding!

Here are a few photos from the event –

Immense thanks are due to our Patron, Grant Stott who came along today and hosted the event,  the incredible staff at the Caledonian, the Edinburgh Military Wives choir and of course our generous guests.

The It’s Good 2 Give team on the day was me, co-trustee Marlyn and my stepdaughter Susan.

Fashion Afternoon tea 17 March

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Catwalk afternoon tea – 17 March


On Sunday 17th MarchIt’s Good 2 Give will be holding one of their popular afternoon teas at the Caledonian (Waldorf Astoria) Hotel – but this time, with a fashion fundraising twist.


As well as the dainty sandwiches, scones and cream, cakes and prosecco, ten young people have the chance to be a model for the day, while raising money to help support young people with cancer and their families.


Models for the day will have their hair professionally styled by Chris Dickson and his team from Dickson Reid hairdressing, their make-up done (if appropriate) by professional make up artist Christine Forster.  They will then take to the stage to model five outfits from Edinburgh’s top independent fashion boutiques, with a photographer and videographer on hand to record their fashion moment – a DVD will be sent to each model after the event.


To be considered for the catwalk, models must raise £100 each for It’s Good 2 Give – all models signed up for this event but if you would like to be considered for a future event do get in touch!


Tickets for the afternoon tea include a tower of cakes, sandwiches and scones, a glass of prosecco and tea and coffee, and cost just £25 per adult and £15 for under 16s (who get a soft drink rather than fizz). Email Lynne to buy tickets.



Idea for Mother’s Day

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It’s not far away now – Mother’s Day 2013 is Sunday 10 March and I have a great wee idea for you as a different gift for your mum.

How about spending time with her at one of our Afternoon Tea events.   We have one the week after Mother’s Day on Sunday 17 March – full information here.

But if you aren’t able to do that we can give you a gift voucher for one of our Afternoon Tea events during 2013.  There will be a few to choose from!

The Afternoon Teas at the Caledonian – a Waldorf Astoria hotel are really special and we add in a glass of something sparkling too.

Fashion Afternoon Tea event

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What?  Fashion Afternoon Tea

When?   Sunday 17 March 2013

Where?  Caledonian -a  Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Time?  2-4pm with a shopping experience between 1 and 2pm

Cost?  £25 per adult and £15  for under 16 year old’s – includes full  and very luxurious afternoon tea and a glass of something sparkly!

An afternoon tea with a difference.
Everyone welcome – mainly for mums, daughters and grans but dads, brothers, grandpa’s welcome too.

This is a luxurious afternoon tea at one of Scotland’s finest hotels – the Caledonian – A Waldorf Astoria hotel on Edinburgh’s Princes Street.
Beautiful sandwiches, fluffy scones and cream and the most gorgeous cakes washed down with a glass of Prosecco (and a cup or two of tea)

All that for just £25 per adult and £15 for under 16’s (who get sparkling soft drink rather than Prosecco!)In addition there is the chance to be one of the ten models showcasing some of Edinburgh’s finest independent boutiques including Little World, Morningside Road, Edinburgh and Simply Bridesmaids,EdinburghTen young people (boys welcome too) have the chance to be a Model for a Day.
They need to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship and then will be able to model five outfits each on our catwalk.
But first they will have had their hair professionally styled by Chris Dickson and his team from Dickson Reid hair, make up done (if appropriate) and Karen Finlayson from Renideo will help them choose outfits that suit them best.
A photographer or two will be on hand to record this special day.
All ten models signed up! If you would like to be considered for a future event get in touch soonTo buy tickets for this event you must do so by contacting Lynne