Grant Stott

Patron Grant takes a break from radio

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I was all geared up to tell you about my lovely day and I will, just not today!

Because….

I want to wish our first and longest serving Patron, Grant Stott, all the best as he hangs up his headphones for a while – after 27 years at Radio Forth he is taking a break to pursue some different opportunities.

He is a cracking Patron and friend and we all hope 2017 is all he wants it to be.

Here is a link to the official statement!

http://www.forth1.com/pages/granttakesabreak/

All the Best, Grant

Love, Bunty and the entire IG2G team.

Grant hosting Blingo

Grant hosting Blingo

It’s Good 2 Give Ball 2017

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What?  Our 2017 Ball organised by Lynne and Ian McNicoll and hosted by the fabulous Grant Stott

When?  Saturday 25 November 2017 7pm till 1am

Where?  The Sheraton Grand Hotel, Festival Square, Edinburgh

Cost?  £800 for a table of 10, payable in 3 instalments – £200 on booking, £300 by 31 March 2017 and £300 by 15 September 2017

Tell me more…..

This is our 5th Ball and we want to make it special.   Special for our guests, our amazing supporters.

Of course it is a fundraiser but the main objective of the event is for you to have fun with your friends.

You will be welcomed with a reception drink of prosecco and that will be followed by that with a 3 course meal and a cheeseboard at the end of dinner to let you and your guests keep your strength up for all the dancing you will do!

Because there will be lots of dancing time – no silent auction to distract.  We will have a couple of items only for our wonderful host, Grant to auction later in the evening but that will be all auction wise.

There will be two raffles – a star raffle with an amazing prize and a regular raffle with very lovely prizes.

We take our wishing tree to every event and if there are guests who want to donate to our charity and know where their money is going this is a good option  – they can choose a tag – eg paying for a family of a young cancer patient to stay in the Retreat for a week £750, paying for a welcome hamper for a family staying at the Retreat £100, paying for an ironing voucher for a family in the Sick Kids hospital £40 – these are just a few examples.

We want to celebrate your support of our Ripple Retreat and our projects at the new Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh which is due to open in Spring 2018.

We aren’t paid fundraisers and have no office costs and we are very happy to work our socks off to make this event very special.  We will raise money at it but more importantly we will build on relationships we already have or start new ones if you are new to It’s Good 2 Give!

Come join the fun – to reserve your table, please email lynne ( at ) itsgood2give.co.uk

 

 

 

 

My Celebrity Daydream

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As many of you know, I’ve been getting treatment for breast cancer – last chemotherapy treatment was last Thursday (thank goodness – me and chemo really didn’t like each other), today I had a CT Scan in preparation for 3 weeks daily radiotherapy starting 23 July.  The past five months have been quite horrible and again and again I think of the kids and teens undergoing similar treatment, enduring similar and far worse side effects and knowing that some of them won’t make it and some who do make it have life long consequences.

I can’t cure cancer but I can, through it’s good 2 give, do something to make it a tiny bit better during treatment.

We hope to get building the Ripple Retreat very soon – inevitable delays but we are almost there!

I am busy working on a pledge book – you know, like buying a brick or roof tile except in our case it is pledging an item for the Retreat – like 4 mugs, the sofa, kitchen tools, plants for the garden.   Watch this space for news of that coming soon.

But as I was sitting getting last chemo I was daydreaming (anything to distract me from the stuff going into my vein) and wanted to share my mad wee day dream with you for fun.

So,picture the scene –

I am hosting a lunch and we are at the Retreat.  The food is cooked by   Ristorante Contini  and Cannonball House’s Suzanne, the Contini’s top chef and of course Victor and Carina are with us.

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Organising the music is Grant Stott, of course, with help (because we would have vinyl as well as you know ipod stuff) Ian Rankin and maybe having a mini Zumba class would be Lorraine Kelly

Opening our bike track the one and only Sir Chris (yeah yeah it’s a teeny tiny bike track but hey it’s my daydream), Lynsey Sharp would organise a wee run, Sara Sheridan and Cathy Cassidy are in the library corner of the lounge sorting the books.  Dr Who is checking out the area for possible future episodes.

The tennis court is ready  and since it’s a daydream there is only one Scot who could possibly christen it and he shares a surname with me (well, my maiden name at any rate).  He brings his mum and bro along too of course.

Keeping an eye (in the nicest possible way) on the chef in the kitchen is our Ripple Retreat almost neighbour and celebrity chef Nick Nairn and he has brought his pal, Steven Jardine along. (he is also pals with Grant, Victor and Carina so it’s a jolly affair).

Sally Magnusson is popping by as (again, I say, this is my daydream so personal stuff is ok) I wrote to her when I started fundraising 10 years ago and she sent me a lovely letter with good wishes so I wanted her along to this lunch to see what it had all been about!

Live music is good too and out on the balcony taking it in turns to entertain – The Proclaimers, Red Hot Chilli Pipers (they might have to be down at the pier – they are quite loud), Eddi Reader, Paolo Nutini, Travis (I’ve actually met them and they were super nice)

We’d want a bit of a laugh too so Grant’s mates Andy and Allan would be there.

What do you think?  Sound like your kind of party?

Hey, I enjoyed it in my daydream…………

new note added 9 July – friends have commented and want to invite Ewan McGregor too!

and all will be transported there in our Lothian Bus!

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Spring Blingo 2016

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

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of me starting fundraising for young cancer patients (and my 60th birthday) so this Blingo event is going to be super special!

Venue – Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.

Thursday 12 May 2016
6.45pm till 11.30pm

£650 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

or lynne@itsgood2give.co.uk

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

 

Grant Stott

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As you know one of our Patrons is Grant Stott.

When he is not promoting It’s Good 2 Give – and he does that a lot – he gets up to all sorts of stuff – he presents a fantastic weekday radio show on Radio Forth 1 – listened to by millions (at least).  He is funny, kind, daft, smart and has a great way with words.  He is the best panto baddy ever. He loves Hibs. And more recently he has added acting to his repertoire.

Last year he and Andy Gray (another  of the Panto trio) did a two man show in the Fringe Festival.

Called ‘Kiss Me Honey, Honey’, it was a sell out and deservedly so.  It also won an award.

The great news is – they are back this year.  I highly recommend seeing the show and give you more information below.

Tickets on sale now.

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Kiss Me Honey, Honey!

“a true jewel in the crown of the Gilded Balloon” – Broadway Baby

 

 

Written by Philip Meeks

Directed by Sam Kane

Performed by Grant Stott and Andy Gray

         “Scotland’s most seasoned comic performers” – The Scotsman

 

Due to overwhelming demand and following a total sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, the Fringe First Award winning hit stage show returns with a ‘last chance to see’ limited run of seven performances from 17 -20 & 23 – 24 August.

 

Two men of a certain age form an unlikely friendship through a shared love of Shirley Bassey. Together they begin a hilarious search for the women of their dreams, after their lives seem to have fallen apart. Acclaimed Scottish actors Andy Gray and Grant Stott star as Ross and Graham … and all the women in their lives, in a “dazzling display of comic skill” – The Scotsman.

 

The show is alarmingly fast paced, with a darkness underneath the hilarious, sometimes shambolic look at life, relationships and what it means to reach a more ‘mature’ age and stage and find yourself not where you thought you’d be.

 

Commissioned for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Karen Koren, Artistic Director of the Gilded Balloon, in 2013 this is truly a play for Edinburgh. Starring two local favourites of Panto Dame fame – Andy Gray and Grant Stott; more than proving they have a serious side too!

 

“Make no mistake; Gray and Stott’s delivery – in gesture and spoken lines – is as tight as a rusted wing nut.” ***** Edinburgh Evening News

 

Written by the acclaimed playwright Philip Meeks, who also wrote the 2012 Gilded Balloon hit ‘Murder, Marple and Me’ and directed by the much loved Sam Kane, this star-studded creative team sparkle.

 

“Simple, old-school fun that doesn’t need to try too hard – Kiss Me Honey, Honey is full of laughs and real life pathos. See it.” – Daily Record

 

“it will make you laugh, until you cry.” – **** The Scotsman

 

“Kiss Me Honey, Honey! is a tour de force” – Ed Fest Magazine

 

Box Office Details:

Venue: Gilded Balloon Debating Hall, Teviot Row House, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ

Venue number: 14

Dates: 17th – 20th, 23rd & 24th August * Limited Run *

Times: 19:30 (20:30) & 24th August matinee at 16:30 (17:30)

Weekday Tickets: £12.50 (£11.50)    Weekend Tickets: £12.50 (£11.50)

Box Office: Gilded Balloon – +44 (0)131 622 6552 | https://www.gildedballoon.co.uk / Fringe – Fringe +44 (0)131 226 0000

 

 

Spring Blingo 2014

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Was the sun going to shine or was the rain going to win?  Small concerns that I had the night before Spring Blingo.

As it happened and thanks to a summer cold I caught the day before, I was up at 5am on the morning of Blingo and very glad to see that it was at least going to be a dry day.

Blingo planning starts more than a year in advance and continues throughout the year right up to the day itself.

280 guests

2 wonderful hosts in Grant Stott and Tonya Macari

5 members of staff at the Crowne Plaza Roxburghe Hotel looking after us pre-event and goodness knows how many during the event

3 games bingo requiring 3 house prizes, 3 line prizes and 3 backup prizes in case there are two winners (this year there were two line winners in one game)

1 menu tasting – chef knows we will invariably say we like this from this plate but can we have it with that from that plate and we love the jus but can we have it in a separate gravy boat.   He has always come up trumps for us

35 raffle prizes – 35 really good raffle prizes

3 auction items

1 sweetie raffle item

28 table gifts – a tough one this year but literally at the last minute a company stepped in and sponsored these – so my immense thanks to Oilfield Mineral Solutions Limited

280 goody bag items – this is the one I find the hardest to source.

100 bottles sparkling water

3 cars needed to deliver all the ‘stuff’ to the hotel and

15 amazing volunteers to get it all ready and help during the event itself.

Yep, it’s big.

1900597_10152439299807148_7673384842299084293_oOur creative director is Tia Millar and this year she asked us to consider a spring theme – lime green.  Well, I don’t know about you but we all loved it.  Many guests said how lovely the room looked – she had chosen green orchids, green laser grass and we had green sand in our vases – the lime green tie-backs looked amazing (though ironing them was a huge task wonderfully undertaken by volunteer Ann for four hours in the afternoon, yes four hours!)   Our newest volunteers Anne and Emma were superb too – Anne set up a wonderful balloon arch and Emma took on the running of the Buy a Service table.

 

 

 

 

 

Vice-Chair Susan runs the raffles, auctions and table gifts with ease now having done it now for 8 years.

Grant and Tonya are just amazing – wonderful people and superb hosts.  Grant is so cheeky and Tonya a perfect foil for him.

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I also want to thank Shonagh Byrne for allowing me to put up a photo of little Evie – her daughter forever 2 – and for loaning me albeit for just a few minutes and quite rightly not letting me or them out of her sight – Evie’s beads of courage.  I found it very hard to talk to our audience about them – holding them in my hands, seeing her name in beads knowing that these were the first beads and seeing the butterfly next to them knowing that no parent wanted to be given a butterfly because that meant they had lost their child.  The white beads were for chemo treatments, the red ones for blood treatments, the list went on.  The beads felt heavy in my hands.  How had a little girl aged just 1 endured so much?

Showing Tabby’s photo was lovely – I had asked her permission (and her mum and dad’s) – the photo showed her smiling like a cheshire cat as she finished treatment last week after a long two and a half years.  I was thinking though that Tabby was not going to be smiling like that when she found out that the Lindt soft toy bunny she wanted (and had offered me £400 for from her own savings) was gone to a guest at our auction!!

We showed Michaela’s photo too – a great loss – 22 years old and a quite lovely person – a much loved Young Ambassador of It’s Good 2 Give – she also volunteered for the WRVS, and sang in the Sing in the City choir.

Last photo up was of Shannon taken 4 years ago a few months after her bone marrow transplant.  She looked proper poorly with no hair and a NG tube still in.  I said they might remember hearing about her 4 years ago at that Blingo and I wanted to give them an update.  My surprise for them was that she was with us in her role as Young Ambassador and came into the room and chatted with Grant.

Blingo really is our favourite event and it is a massive team event so to all the team, whatever your role, I say thank you.

To Grant and Tonya a very special thank you for all you do.

To our printing partner Callprint Edinburgh who printed the programme and extras for us including signs for the Tombola and Raffle – thanks so much.

To Val and the team at Flavour – for feeding our volunteers – yum and thank you.

And to each and every guest at our Blingo our heartfelt thanks for your support and generosity

We raised £16500 on thursday – a PB for Blingo!

Here’s to the next one…….

Istvan Magyar was our official photographer for the event – you can see his photos here – if you would like a high resolution digital image we can arrange that for you for a small donation!

Jamie from We are Campfire came along and did a short film of the event – I love it and hope you do too.

 

 

 

 

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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Odd socks

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Four years ago in July this lovely boy lost his fight with cancer. He was 17 years old and had fought hard for four years. His name was Paul. And I was privileged to know him.paul-small

 

I set up cancer charity, It’s Good 2 Give in 2010 and we were asked to help Paul. He needed a blackberry mobile phone. I agreed to get it. Paul was delighted. I still have the smiley facetext he sent me to test out his new phone. His mum told me later how much it meant to him – he had cataracts (a side effect of one of the treatments he had endured) so he couldn’t see well but with the blackberry he was able to increase the font size and stay in touch with his friends. He used it to do this until the day before he died.

After his death his mum, Ruth, dad, Stephen and sister, decided to fundraise for us. Team Pedal 4 Paul was formed – it’s a cycling team. Paul loved to wear odd socks so one of the requirements of being in the team is to wear odd socks in his memory. In 2012 it had 67 members and last year there were 128 in the team. We’ve raised over £20,000 this way so far and the team is still growing. This year we are aiming for 200 cyclists. Read more here.

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Why?

It’s a great way to honour Paul. And the money raised is going towards our £1million fundraising target for Its Good 2 Give. It’s an ambitious figure but  we are well on our way. So what are we planning to do with all that money? Well, we’re going to build a retreat where young cancer patients and their families can spend time together. We’ve been gifted a site and we’ve applied for planning permission.

We could really use a hand and it’s easy to help. We’ve got three big fundraising events this year including a Ball with Grant Stott (our charity patron) as host and auctioneer. We thought it would be fun if we had some celebrity odd socks to auction.

Do you know any celebrities we could ask (or you could on our behalf?)

We want them to send us two of their odd socks – even better if they signed them – or (if the socks won’t allow) give us a signature on a piece of paper.

We’ll get the odd socks framed – we’re hoping to get some great publicity with our quirky idea.

Celebrity socks can make a difference! We’d love it if you could help us out.

Our own wonderful Patron, Grant Stott has secured us a pair from Allan Stewart and Andy Gray so along with his pair we will have a special Panto socks package! (it’s ok, they are all washed!)

If you know of a celebrity who might be willing to take part, please let us know and we can give you a template letter to send to them along with information on the charity – also we are keeping a spreadsheet so that celebrities only get asked once. 
If you can help please contact Shonagh on shonagh.itsgood2give@gmail.com

 

 

Scottish Property Awards 2014

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Our first year as benefitting charity!

The awards dinner was held at the Sheraton Grand hotel, Edinburgh – 450 guests, two superb hosts in our own friend and Patron, Grant Stott and TV presenter Catriona Shearer.

The Awards are organised and run by KDMedia led by Kirsten Speirs, ably assisted by Kelly Manthorp.

We had provided some raffle prizes and enjoyed mingling with the guests at the drinks reception, during dinner and later. It was also our first opportunity to show an architect’s impression of our Retreat. Seeing it on the big screen was quite something!

We raised over £7500 on the night which is a terrific boost to our fundraising this year.

On a sweet note I am recovering from a broken wrist and still can’t hold a knife – I tried to just eat the food I could on the plate but the ever attentive Grant noticed and took my plate, cut up all the food and quietly handed it back to me. He is a real gent.

If you’d like to see photos from the night click here.