children’s cancer charity
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A huge well done to Neil Hughes and his friends who managed to completed their walk of St Cuthbert’s Way last week.
Over the 5 days they walked a total of 64 miles.Monday from Melrose to Harestanes with Colin Stewart Tuesday from Harestanes to Kirk Yetholm with Colin Dumma Wednesday from Kirk Yetholm to Wooler with Karl Fearnley & Gareth Hughes Thursday from Wooler to Fenwick with Andrew Williamson Friday fromFenwick to Holy Island with Tom Menzies Raising an amazing £3683 for It’s Good to Give which is hugely appreciated.
Here are a few photos of Neil – arriving at Holy Island and a view from the Cheviots.
There has been much talk this week about kindness and its power. I want to add in my thoughts and observations.
When Ian and I set up It’s Good 2 Give over 9 years ago we wanted to create a charity that was centred around volunteering. All these years later and it is still at our core.
Ian and I volunteer our time to run the charity and the Ripple Retreat – we are surrounded by incredible people volunteering and/or donating and/or fundraising to support us. From the generosity of donors both individual and business who donate prizes or sponsor part of our and our fundraisers’ events to the incredible and loyal volunteer teams we have.
Just this week we had our snack team delivering treats to the parents and patients of ward 2 at Edinburgh’s Sick Kid’s Hospital on a daily basis, volunteers making up and delivering parent packs to Glasgow Children’s Hospital, a full team volunteering at an event that we were one of the benefitting charities, our incredible housekeeping volunteers at Ripple Retreat and the welcome volunteers ready to welcome our next family who stay.
If that doesn’t show kindness at its best, I don’t know what would. I am proud of all our volunteers and super grateful to each and every one of them.
I know how much the families on ward 2 appreciate our snack team and am sure those who stay at Ripple Retreat also appreciate the incredible efforts of those who helped fundraise or donated in other ways to create the retreat and those who help make it ready for every family every week.
Sometimes it is easy to forget all the folk in the background but it is important to recognise their efforts and kindness in helping – it is a wonderful choice they have made.
Let’s hear it for our volunteers!
More photos added soon (laptop playing up!)
I started fundraising 11 years ago this month just before my 49th birthday.
And here I am just a few days short of my 60th birthday – hard to believe really. The time has flown by.
I decided to set several challenges – two I can tell you about!
The second challenge I started just yesterday – to get a birthday card each day until my birthday – real or virtual- and to have a gift with it – not for me, you understand, but for It’s Good 2 Give
It could be the pledge of a prize – auction or raffle- for 2017 (I need 20 auction items and 250 raffle gifts), it could be that you come to an event in 2017, or take us on as Charity of the Year, or give us something for the Ripple Retreat, become a Regular Giver, pledge to be one of the celebs (or ask a celeb) for our cooking event early spring (no cooking experience required), a pack of 2nd class stamps, or a wee gift card for a supermarket or JL or Ikea or Molton Brown.
I wasn’t 100% sure this one would work but once again, our supporters are rallying round – I got a new Regular Giver, a bike to auction, two pledges of raffle prizes, one of the new plastic £5 notes and the offer of a young classical musical quartet to play at an event.
Today I had a visit from Ingrid from Bon Papillon art gallery and cafe (in Howe Street, Edinburgh) – she brought me a fabulous gift – 36 mugs for the Ripple Retreat.
Thank you Ingrid, Susie and Darlene and all the others who have donated already. I have so much appreciation of your support.
ps my birthday is on 4 December.
I have neglected you and I am sorry!
Past few months have been incredible – productive and busy and filled with wonderful supporters, and donors.
Over the next few blog posts I hope I can bring you up to date!
I am not going to do it in any order – just share as many of our good news stories as I can.
First up then is this – at the end of August the Edinburgh Running Network organised their annual fundraiser – the LP Run – I love the concept – way back in the day (not THAT long ago, but it sometimes feels it)music came on LP records. They played for 33 and a third minutes – I have no idea why, they just did. So the LP run is to run for 33 and a third minutes and see how far you can run.
The event was held at Meadowbank Stadium on a sunny Sunday morning. It was fascinating to watch – each time the runners did a lap they collected a band from the volunteers and when the hooter went signalling end of time they had to stop in their tracks and each person had to have their distance worked out!
Our role was simpler – we served teas and coffees – funnily enough it was a tough job as we used up all the hot water quite quickly and had a queue of thirsty runners waiting on it to boil. You know what they say – a watched kettle never boils! Fortunately the runners and supporters were distracted by an array of cakes on offer – there was a cake competition and once the judging had taken place the runners could tuck in. They had certainly deserved it. Fellow Trustee Susan and I were helped that day by two of our Young Ambassadors Lucy and Skye.
The afternoon ended with the awards ceremony and the drawing of the raffle.
Last month the organiser Eleanor presented me with a cheque for £674 which was rather splendid.
Huge thanks to all who donated – we all very much appreciate it.
This morning I undertook my first official task as an It’s Good 2 Give ambassador. I was strangely apprehensive before, most likely due to my aversion to having my photo taken, or because of the worry that I would say something wrong, or forget to carry out an essential part of the task. Representing something other than just myself suddenly felt like a big responsibility.
After triple checking that I hadn’t forgotten my name badge or giant laminated cheque, I hopped in the car and headed down to Westwoods Health Club to collect £260.74 that they had raised for us through a collection box at their birthday party earlier this month. I was greeted with a warm welcome at reception, had a lovely chat with the assistant manager, Colin, and then, after a minor setback trying to track down a whiteboard marker, he handed over the donation, we got a few pictures taken (to ensure there was at least one where I wasn’t blinking) and my work there was done! It was really nothing worth worrying about.
When speaking to the staff at Westwoods we found out that the money was raised in honour of Stella Anderson Scott who sadly lost her three year battle with cancer earlier this year. During her illness, Stella raised thousands of pounds for children’s cancer charities. Learning about Stella’s story really touched me, her bravery and strength is so inspiring. She managed to raise a huge amount of money in aid of other young cancer patients, all whilst fighting her own illness. If Stella can do all that whilst undergoing treatment, we all have the time and ability to do our little bit! Stories like Stella’s make me even more glad I got involved in It’s Good 2 Give and do my bit to help, and I would encourage everyone and anyone to do the same!
That’s two quiz nights we have held – super successful – no extras – (raffles, auctions etc)
just a straightforward quiz night – a tenner each and you get great snack food too included. The haggis spring rolls are DELICIOUS and folk were raving about the dips. Huge thanks go to the staff at the Canon’s Gait pub in the Royal Mile for being so supportive.
Request in from the quizzers was to do the next one with more questions on pop music, sport, and children’s films. Their request is already actioned! I have started to get quizzes ready and one of our regular supporters is busy taking photos for me around the city so that will make a superb picture round.
We have so many events coming up that we don’t have a date yet for the next quiz – keep an eye on the website (or better still join our mailing list) for details.
Thanks also to all who attended both events.