There are many ways to support our wee charity but in this post I am asking for help with prizes for our events during 2018
We would so very much appreciate help securing some high value prizes for 3 events we are benefiting charity at. We provide 4 prizes for each event and in return receive financial donations from guests. Prizes are often spa treatments, or a hotel stay with dinner and breakfast, or the loan of a car for the weekend with an afternoon tea at a 5 star hotel, or a case of wine or a hair or beauty hamper.
For our own events this year we only have 2 events – Blingo and the Ball. Blingo needs lots of raffle prizes with a value around £50 and this year we also need silent auction items as we are holding a silent auction for the first time at Blingo. At our Ball we only have 4 main auction items but we make them special – we already have two pledged! If you can donate or pledge something extra special ( a holiday in New York for example) or something unusual (remember Johnny Ca$h Coo? and the stunning Silver Ash Beaker) we would love to hear from you.
If you are able to donate a voucher or product for any of our events please do get in touch – we have always organised our own events and receive such terrific support from you – fingers crossed you can help again this year.
Email me on Lynne@itsgood2give.co.uk if you can help
Saturday past turned out to be a pretty amazing day.
We held our Ripple Ball – a fun successful night with our Patron Grant Stott as host and his friends Allan Stewart and Andy Gray joining in the fun.
Our fabulous Johnny Ca$h Coo getting us £14250!
The night felt almost like a lovely family party.
Earlier in the evening I had the privilege of also meeting a young lady (aged 8) called Eden. Eden had told her mum and dad over a year ago that she wanted to grow her hair long just so she could get it then cut short and donate it to make a real hair wig for a little girl who has lost her hair during chemotherapy. That wasn’t all though. She wanted to raise money for us too. And she has excelled at that. More than £500 raised already. Eden came along with mum and dad and I heard how she got her nickname (surname Murray as was mine pre marriage so I know about the Murray Mints joke – never hurry a Murray, they’re too good to hurry! Anyway, Eden is known as MiniMint). She was so chuffed with her new hairdo – and pleased to meet me. I was truly honoured to meet her. Tristan – the General Manager of the Sheraton happened to appear at the moment I was showing her the function room all decorated, He too was impressed at her fundraising and took her on a tour behind the scenes. She reappeared with a passion fruit sorbet!
Well done MiniMint, I am very proud of you and what you have done to help other children who are going through a very tough time.
We are proud to call you our Supporter of the Month for November.
After the success of Ripple Ball 2017 we have confirmed a date for our 2018 Ball
Join us if you can.
Venue will be the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh
Date is Saturday 24 November 2018
7pm till 1am
Good food, lots dancing, 4 unusual items auction, raffle (and to save time for more dancing, tix can be bought in advance) and a great host or two.
Along with having a fun night out you can have the knowledge that you are supporting a small Scottish charity that supports young cancer patients and their families.
Cost is £800 per table of ten.
Deposit is £100 (non refundable), followed by two payments of £350 (first is due by 30 April and second by 30 September). Please nominate one person per table as table host and they should be our point of contact and the single person per table who makes payments. It makes it very complicated for us if individuals pay.
To reserve your table please email Shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk
We enjoyed a lovely day at the Retreat yesterday as we officially opened the Pier.
Last year Cathal Morgan (architect in Tony Kettle’s practice and our day to day architect for the Retreat) designed a pier that complemented the Retreat perfectly. We got planning consent and then we were introduced to the lovely folks at the Wooden Spoon Charity and after consideration they agreed to fund the Pier. What we didn’t know at the time was that our estimate was way off base!
However, we met up with the folks from George Leslie, a contractor more used to building huge piers. They said that they would love to build our pier and it was to be the smallest they had built and that the funding we had in place from the Wooden Spoon charity would be fine. (I think they have called it a cost-minus project though also acknowledge how rewarding it was to support us).
It was a massive construction job – we had a huge crane (if you know the site, you can imagine how tricky it was to get the crane to the site) and some days the weather was kinder than others but the guys kept going.
The curved end of the pier – the shelter – was funded by a private donation and that is made of glulam beams- made in Austria because no one in the UK was able to bend the beams to the curve required.
It really is a beautiful pier and allows families the chance to sit and look down the loch enjoying the stunning views. If they are experienced sailors and want to hire a sail boat or canoe the nearby Loch Venachar sailing club is happy to help. And if they have no experience, the sail club is happy to offer tuition or just take the family out on the water.
Yesterday, President of the Wooden Spoon in Scotland, the rugby legend that is Gavin Hastings, officially opened the pier. Several trustees from the Wooden Spoon came along too as did CEO of George Leslie, John McNaught and Ross Ritchie, also from George Leslie and Tony Kettle, architect of Ripple Retreat.
We were extra lucky in that as her next race is in Newcastle, one of our Patrons, Lynsey Sharp, was able to attend. She had visited the Retreat when it was a muddy building site and so was blown away by its beauty now that it is finished.
The pier represents a fabulous collaboration between two charities ( us and the wonderful Wooden Spoon charity), two businesses (George Leslie, the pier contractors and indeed several other businesses who supported them. Glulam Solutions for the curved shelter), our incredibly talented architect team at Kettle Collective and a private donor for funding the curved shelter – we are grateful to them all for providing this stunning addition to our Ripple Retreat. It will enhance the experience of every family who stays at Ripple Retreat.
Thanks to one of our Lead Ambassadors, Elaine Whellans for some cracking photos from the day.
Your chance to buy a lovely yoga mat and at the same time make a £7 donation to us – a donation we will put towards our Relaxation day at the Ripple Retreat later this year.
Our first Relaxation day is for mums and will have yoga, reiki, massages and a fabulous healthy lunch on offer to the mums (at no cost to them). These mums need a bit of pampering as they have a child or teen in treatment for cancer.
So if you would love a new yoga mat – one with our gorgeous rippling heart logo on it please do get in touch
collection only from either an Edinburgh, Dunbar or Dunfermline address
We are truly honoured to be given this beautiful Ash Beaker by Hamilton & Inches.
Only two have been made. Just two.
One for us to auction at our Ball in November.
And wait till I tell you who has the other one.
None other than the National Museum of Scotland in their silver Treasury. That is pretty cool. Several heritage items created by Hamilton & Inches have also featured in the National Museums, including the crown for the Lord Lyon of Scotland.
I was at the museum last month to see their beaker being put into its display. Do have a look if you are visiting the museum – we get a wee mention too which is lovely.
The beaker was designed by noted Scottish silversmith Grant McCaig and hand crafted in the silver workshops at Hamilton & Inches at George Street, Edinburgh. The design of the Ash Beaker was inspired by the protective qualities of the ash tree in Gaelic folklore, appropriately so as our Retreat is in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
While it is up for auction at our Ball in November you can make a bid on it by emailing me and we would consider it on the day.
Heartfelt thanks to Stephen Paterson and his team at Hamilton & Inches for such tremendous support over the years and with this donation in particular.
A few weeks ago I had an exciting meeting with Andrew Wolffe and Rebecca Moyes of Wolffe design. They felt that our Ripple Retreat needed its own identity. Ian and I know the importance of branding if not quite sure how it all works!
We were shown a few ideas and knew right away which was the right one for us. It was also their (Andrew and Rebecca) favourite too.
Next stage was for them to refine their idea further. It was only three weeks till official opening day – could we get the logo ready enough to use at all?
Hey, it’s us – course we could! The team at Wolffe worked their socks off. We had been gifted over 100 pieces of white hotel quality bedlinen by Sarah and Malcolm Duffin – because it is such great quality and pure white it was ideal to have our logo embroidered onto it.
We got in touch with Sam Lauder of Logo Embroidery Scotland- one of two fabulous businesses we work with. Sam said yes he could do this even in the crazy timescale – Ian and I took the bedding to him and a lovely supporter collected it once done, delivered it to Shonagh and she brought it to Retreat day before we opened.
It is a beautiful logo – very us.
A rippling heart. The central heart represents the child or young person with cancer, the middle heart represents their family and the outer heart represents it’s good 2 give.
We are planning a sign at the top of our drive at Ripple Retreat and the logo will feature there along with the words
Relax and Reflect
That’s what we all hope the families can do when staying at the Retreat – relax and reflect. And make memories.
We are super grateful to Wolffe design for their incredible support and looking forward to learning more from them about branding!
Watch our progress here……..
Gosh, how lucky were we to have Queen of Daytime TV and lovely lady, Lorraine Kelly OBE, open our Ripple Retreat along with top bloke and first ever Patron of It’s Good 2 Give, Grant Stott.
After seeing round the Retreat, Lorraine did the honours and cut the ribbon with me and several of our Young Ambassadors – all of whom have a reason to support It’s Good 2 Give.
What I didn’t know at the time was that Lorraine’s husband, Steve, had put a drone up and filmed the Retreat from above – she very kindly sent me the footage the next night – you can see it on our Youtube channel here.
I asked Lorraine if she would become a Patron of our charity and was delighted when she said yes.
So, from all of us at It’s Good 2 Give and all our supporters too it is a very warm welcome to our newest Patron, Lorraine.
Here’s to a long and happy partnership!
Ian and I were up at the site today to water the newly planted plants and Millie’s trees – we have had a dry spell for a few days and we can’t have them drying out.
There was no one else there today of course so it was very peaceful. Ian was busy sorting the tree ties and I decided to sit at the pier and look down the loch and had some moments to think.
And this is what I was thinking…..
Three and a bit years ago when we first met David and Jean we had not expected them to give us such a beautiful piece of their land. We had not expected it to be so peaceful, stunning and have views like it has. We had not expected to be given a piece of land in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Our next concern was – would the planners let us build here? We could but ask. They (the planners at the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park) said if we were to have any chance of building here we were going to have to produce a design that was ‘exceptional’ and fitted in to its surroundings.
A tall ask.
Incredibly around the same time we were introduced to Tony Kettle. Tony had designed the Falkirk Wheel among many other buildings of note. He was interested in helping. Give me a few weeks he said and we did. Not in a million years did I think we would like the very first (and only) design he would show us.
But he’s good. He is really really good.
The design was both exceptional and fitted in to its surroundings.
We loved it. Fortunately so did the planners!
And so today, the last day of April 2017, I sat there and pinched myself – listen, I am not going to kid you and say the past three years has been easy – this project threw up all sorts of obstacles and hurdles – the design team have all worked together to work through them though and let’s not forget that for almost a year I was getting chemo and radiotherapy – not easy for either me or Ian but working on this project helped us both a lot.
In particular this year has been tough – unavoidable delays here and there are frustrating to say the least and differing views on style has meant compromises too by all parties.
Plus it is hard working on this to the extent we have this year, plus continuing to fundraise for it, organise events, and run the charity!
All that by way of saying, I think, that I had been getting blasé about the Retreat, taking it for granted and yet today as I sat at peace, loch side, it hit me.
Tony Kettle is an absolute marvel, David and Jean are awesome and our contractors quite remarkable – everyone else involved is pretty cool too. Our Patrons, Trustees, Ambassadors, Young Ambassadors and volunteers are some of the finest people on the planet.
And our Ripple Retreat is truly truly stunning. Breathtaking. It took my breath away today, brought tears to my eyes as I realised we are less than two weeks away from opening it. (well those tears might have been tears of terror at the thought of just 2 weeks to go and quite a lot to do in that time.) (kidding – they were tears of wonder, of joy, of immense gratitude).
What an amazing collective achievement.
Now, I must go, there are a fair few tasks to do before Lorraine Kelly cuts that ribbon!!