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We are all about Kindness

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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!)

Golfers and potential sponsors – we need you!

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Have you entered a team for our Charity golf at Leven Golf Club?
Organised by Parent Ambassador Carla Kerr – well worth supporting – this is a cracking course and great value too.
Stableford competition 18 holes of golf, hot rolls, tea/coffee and 2 course meal on £50 per person.
Teams of 4.
Prizes, raffle and auction!
Also know anyone who fancies sponsoring a hole?  For £100 your business could be named as the sponsor of one hole.
#golf #childrenscancer #charity #rippleretreat #loch venachar #scotland

A birthday card a day please!

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IMG_0618 mugsI 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 first was to get 60 gifts for the Ripple Retreat from our John Lewis and Amazon gift lists – that worked wonderfully well!  Far in excess of 60 gifts have been bought by our wonderful supporters.

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.

Blog updates – Edinburgh Running Network

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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.



Young Ambassadors Lucy and Skye helping at event


Childrens/Family Portrait session

Cheque presentation

My first task: Donation from Westwoods

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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.

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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!


Quiz night

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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.

It’s Good 2 Give Pub Quiz

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What?  Good old fashioned Pub Quiz

When?   Friday 12 April  2013

Where?  Canon’s Gait Pub, Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Time?  7-9pm

Cost?  £10 per person includes some food too.   Teams of 6.

Join us for a fun night out and test your general knowledge.   No raffles or auctions – just a quiz night with a prize for best team.

To book your team’s slot get in touch soon!

Double our Money

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I am of an age to remember a programme called Double Your Money – I think it was Hughie Green  who presented it.

Anyway I want to Double OUR Money this year.   We have done superbly well in our first nearly 3 years by raising over £250,000 and that is just fantastic.  And to each and every one of you who have helped get us to this point – a huge thank you.

But I’d really like to see us getting the land and starting the build if not in 2013 itself definitely in 2014.

So I have put together a plan for the year –

continue the great work with our charity business partners

including our new partners (more of that soon)

we have twelve (yes, twelve) events in planning for the year ahead  – I will tell you more about them in the next few days.

one great truly amazing competition

32 incredible trekkers joining me climbing Kilimanjaro in October 2013

get 100 cyclists in our Pedal for Paul 2013 team

promoting our merchandise

applying for grants

encouraging others to fundraise for us!

If you are up for helping us raise £250,000 this year please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.


Kilimanjaro trekker event at Hobbs, George Street, Edinburgh

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What?  Fashion event

When?   Monday 26 November 2012

Where?  Hobbs , George Street, Edinburgh

Time?  6-7.30pm

Cost?  £10 includes a glass of something sparkly!

One of our Kilimanjaro trekkers, Sue Gibson, has organised this event with Hobbs staff.

  • Latest looks modelled for you
  • advice on making trends work for you
  • 20% discount

Contact us  if you would like a ticket for this event.



April showers

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What a difference sunshine makes, doesn’t it?

The past ten days we have been so fortunate with the weather and almost took it for granted.  This morning is more like an early spring day!  Showers and drizzle and a bit chilly.  Ah well, it will make me knuckle down and get going on the huge mountain of paperwork here in the office.  Perhaps.

I’ve got an exciting week ahead – starting in just 20minutes time.   I am visiting Curves gym at Barnton to collect wonderful donations for our healthy snacks scheme.  Then off to Hard Rock Cafe in George Street to meet Lesley Ross to chat about the upcoming Rock and Roll marathon – no, I am not taking part.  I am cheering on our runners and have a space in the Hard Rock Tent (good news considering the possible weather!).  Later today I have a meeting to discuss forthcoming afternoon tea events at the Caledonian Hotel soon to become a Waldorf hotel (oooh.)

I love Tuesdays – always spent in our home office with volunteers.  The amazing young ambassadors – Michaela Waddell and Ailsa Macgregor – will be working away on the fashion show and this year’s planned workshops.   Ann, Marlyn, Susan and I will be packing 30 parent and patient packs in readiness for delivery to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.  Multi-tasking as ever we will also be planning our next two events – the Elephant Drive and Blingo.

Wednesday I am off to Police HQ to be given a lovely cheque from monies raised at their Ball in January.

In between all of that we have meetings at the Sheraton, with STV local, and individual donors.

I’d like to see the sun return soon but meantime I will make the most of the inside time!