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Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – this time it’s the ‘Boss’

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Note from Lynne – Shonagh has written a guest blog post about her participation in all 4 Kiltwalks this year.

She and I have worked our socks off (literally) all year to make this the best fundraising and fun opportunity for our charity.  Thanks also to Trustee Joanna doing an impressive one woman recruitment drive we have over 320 walkers walking for us.

I take my hat off to Shonagh and Jo.

Shonagh really has been Kiltwalk ‘Boss’ this year.

Read her story here…….

I decided to walk all four Kiltwalks and walking 26 miles on each walk … because each mile represents Evie’s 26 months of her life.

If you don’t know who Evie is, she is our daughter who will forever be 2 years 2 months…. she is the little sister of our amazing son Alfie who is walking Edinburgh’s 5 miles and she is the inspirational girl of many, many people!

Evie has touched the hearts of her local community in Dunfermline, and beyond! In May 2013 cancer killed her. I hate cancer, and I will do everything I can to help make the lives of young cancer patients and their families easier.

It’s Good 2 Give does just so, it provides practical support to families who’s children have cancer all over Scotland and more recently it opened the doors to the Ripple Retreat, a place where families can go for a short break to escape from the trap of cancer, its tranquil , peaceful, and full of love and fun. It can’t cure cancer but it can bring families closer and create beautiful memories. I am teary as I write this as you can’t ever know what it’s like to live through seeing your child hurt so much through cancer and it’s treatments until it happens to your child, and anything that can help just that tiny bit, can make a huge impact.

I know It’s Good 2 Give does all this because my family was that family who received the support through such a horrible time.

Please, if you can walk 6, 13 or 26 miles or looking for a challenge to push yourself…. I would love for you to join us next year in one or more of the Scottish Kiltwalks – too late to sign up now for Sunday! Though you can still offer to volunteer or cheer on our walkers

ask yourself WHAT WOULD EVIE DO?

She would do it , and sing and dance all the way

Thank you to the moon and back

Shonagh

 

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Kerr family

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Since our son / brother Tiernan was diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago we have been huge supporters of It’s Good 2 Give! After experiencing first hand just how much cancer treatment can affect the whole family we know how invaluable the support from It’s Good 2 Give is / can be for families during the most unpredictable times.

It’s Good 2 Give! is a real team effort and this is shown in many ways. The dedication from Lynne, Ian and the team is incredulous as they spend so much time and put so much love into the charity to help in as many different ways as possible.

Our family (Mark, Carla, Caitlin, Arianna, Tiernan and Ellamae) have organised a few events this year to help towards our Kiltwalk fundraising

  • Sponsored haircut for the Princes Trust
  • Golf Competition
  • Tenpin Bowling Competition
  • Bagpacking
  • Raffles
  • Tombolas
  • Bake sales
  • Teddy sales

From these events we have managed to raise over £5200 for It’s Good 2 Give! and we know this will make a huge difference. 

Mark and Arianna (kneeling down in the photo below) are so excited to be part of the IG2G kiltwalk team next week in Edinburgh. Bring it on!

 

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Team Remember Zoe King

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My name is Briony Sharp and this year, along with a group of friends, we are doing the Edinburgh Kiltwalk in memory of our wonderful friend Zoe who sadly lost her battle with soft tissue sarcoma on this day in 2007, 5 days before her 18th birthday. Myself, Rhona, Scott, Amy and Gemma (Team RememberZoeKing) have been putting the in the miles to challenge ourselves and raise money for this cause which is very close to our hearts. It has now been 11 years since we said goodbye to Zoe but she always in our thoughts and very much with us throughout our lives. Training is going well – mostly!! Trying to the get team together for some walks in a challenge in itself but rest assured we will cross that line together thinking of Zoe. Through Zoe we were aware of Lynne and her charity work for young cancer patients in Edinburgh and across Scotland. The wonderful work Lynne and the team do through It’s Good 2 Give is truly inspirational and very much needed for young people and their families. We know Zoe would be really proud to be associated with everything the charity does, most recently the Ripple Retreat opened in 2017 on the banks of Loch Venachar. We feel very lucky to support this charity and it’s work in any way we can and appreciate all the support we have had.
Team RememberZoeKing x

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Trustee Fiona tells why she is doing 3 of the 4 Kiltwalks this year

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My name is Fiona Bruce and I currently work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in ward 2 at Royal Hospital for Sick Children. I have the wonderful job and privilege of looking after the wonderful patients and families that are sadly affected by childhood cancer on a daily basis. Unfortunately this is a disease that brings with it devastation and complete upheaval of everyday life, not only effecting the patient but often siblings and other immediate family. This is where ‘It’s Good 2 Give’ comes in, that ‘wee’ charity that I love. The charity offers practical support to patients and families such as toiletry bags with essentials for those first few days after admission when life is upside down and all you want to do is freshen up and feel human again. Down to ironing vouchers to take the pressure off of life that is still going on at home despite being stuck in a hospital room 24 hours a days. The charity also does a variety of workshops that patients and siblings can attend and mix with others in similar situations. This brings a bit normality to an otherwise abnormal time.
Then there is the Ripple Retreat, well what a place. The retreat allows the opportunity for families to get away to a truly stunning part of Scotland and relax in a luxurious and tranquil surrounding and just recharge and have some quality family time together. These are just a few of my reasons for being a trustee for this ‘wee’ charity.
This is why a team of us from ward 2 have taken 3 out of 4 kilt walks to do our bit for Its Good 2 Give. (It would have been 4 if it hadn’t been for the Ed Sheenan concert haha). So come on folks come and join us, whether it’s a wee wander or the full mighty stride, every bit helps and goes a long way!

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers

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Hi I’m Kari, a forty something married mum to 3 wonderfully healthy teenagers. I work a full time job and life is pretty busy all the time but it’s a good busy, a normal busy and that’s the reason I’m doing the kiltwalk for it’s good 2 give, because I can! I can give up a little time every week to train. I can give up a day for the walk. I can ask family and friends to support me and help raise money for an amazing charity. What I can’t do is begin to even pretend to comprehend the turmoil and heartache of the families that are supported by ig2g during what must be the most devastating time of their lives. How busy their lives are in a totally different way than mine and how much support they must need to maintain any kind of normal. Support is key, it gets us through so many things in life and I have support on the kiltwalk in the group of girls who are also crazy enough to have signed up for this gig. We’re all in the same boat, working mums with families who want to do our bit to help. It’s through this group of friends I’ve met the person* who inspires us all. Once in receipt of the services of igtg she has turned her own devastating life experience into a positive driving force to help others and that truly is a gift from heaven. Fitting training walks into the busy schedules we all maintain has been challenging but we’ve all managed to squeeze in a decent long walk in preparation, if the laughs we’ve had along the way on training walks are anything to go by walking on the day will be a hoot with the added boost of the amazing atmosphere. For any potential new kiltwalkers out there, do it, do something awesome today, sign up to help an amazing charity and oh look after your feet, they’re gonna carry you over the finish line knowing you’ve helped make a difference!
 
* note by Lynne – the person who inspires them is our very own Shonagh – whose daughter Evie died from cancer aged just 26months old.
another  wee postscript to this blog post – Kari and the team held a fundraising event last night and their fundraising total is now over (drum roll please) £2000!

on one of our longer training walks.

at our fundraising event on 7 September 2018

Kiltwalk update

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Dundee (19th August)
Edinburgh (16th September)

There is still time to sign up for either of the two upcoming Kiltwalks!
This is going to be the biggest Edinburgh Kiltwalk – in fact the biggest Kiltwalk that It’s Good 2 Give will have been part of!
It’s a very special one too, as one of the charity’s trustees, Joanna Lamb is leading out all three walks! (24miles, 15 miles and 5miles)
The Tom Hunter Foundation and Michelle Obama dinner have secured an extra 40% to give to the charity on top of your fundraising and it’s an amazing opportunity to raise as much money as we can for It’s Good 2 Give. This means that it is a really important fundraising opportunity for us and we are encouraging as many people to participate or volunteer at this event.  We have a pitstop at Silverknowes and need dozens of volunteers to help us on the day – Sunday 16th September.
We also need sponsors for our walkers and for treats for the walkers. If you could help or know a business who might be able to help point them our way! There is an opportunity for advertising on our tent too.

Summing up – what are we hoping for?

  • More walkers!
  • More volunteers to help at our pitstop
  • A business or businesses who might help provide treats (sweets, tablet, fudge,) for all the walkers who will walk by our pitstop
  • A business or businesses who might sponsor our tent.

If you can help with any of the above, we would LOVE to hear from you.

Kiltwalk 2015 news

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When?  Sunday 3 May 2015

What?   Kiltwalk Edinburgh

  • A great incentive to get fit
  • training with friends is good therapy (put the world to rights as you walk!)
  • a goal for the whole family to get active (and spend valuable time together)

Please do get a team together or join our team – read full information on my earlier post here.

There are three walks so there really is something for everyone – 26 miles for the superkeen, 13 miles for likes of me and 6 miles for the wee walk.

This is going to be a great day out with lots of pitstops with food and entertainment provided.

Other ways to help –

we need entertainment at our pitstop – do you have a band/choir/magician/singer you can ask to donate an hour or two of their time to entertain the walkers as they take a breather on their walk at our pitstop.

Or can you volunteer a couple of hours to be a marshall/help at our pitstop/cheer our walkers on?

Then please do get in touch with us – we’d love to hear from you.

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