loch venachar

Guest blog post by the amazing Kate Swaine

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Tomorrow morning at silly o’clock I’ll be jumping in here and swimming 11 miles (just under 18k) north to the top of Lake Windermere. This is the beginning of a month of swims to raise money for 2 great local charities supporting children and teenagers in different ways. I wanted to do something this year to mark the 20th anniversary of losing my mum. It’s a long time ago I know, but I have always missed having a mum… and wanted to honour the woman that she was and still is, in my heart. The charities are Its Good2Give, run by  Lynne McNicoll and The Polar Academy. I knew I wanted to support Its Good2Give from when I met Lynne last year, but when I heard Mollie Hughes speak about the work The Polar Academy do at an EGG event earlier this year, it struck a billion chords with me too!! Do read my story on the fundraising pages if you would like too…

sponsor me here!

Kate

footnote from Lynne – Kate, what a challenge and what a lovely way to honour your mum.  We are all super grateful to you for your support and we know Mollie and have huge admiration for her and all the work she does too.  Fingers crossed for good conditions and we look foward to seeing the post swim review!

Meet some of our Kiltwalk supporters!

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Hi I’m Owen and I am 9 years old. I am in Primary 5 at Kinross Primary School. I decided to do three Kiltwalks this year to raise money for Its Good 2 Give! We signed up and started to raise some money.

We try to do something to help raise money for Its Good 2 Give every year. A few years ago, my friend’s little sister had cancer and sadly passed away. We have helped by doing different walks and helping register people for other events and directing them and giving them information. It’s Good 2 Give do lots to help children with cancer and their families and have built an awesome house for them to go for a wee break away. It’s called the Ripple Retreat.

Last year I raised money by walking over the Forth Road Bridge with my two older sisters, my little brother and my dog Archie. It was fun but really windy! The first Kiltwalk my mum walked with me and it was 6 miles. We had to walk round a big park (Balloch Country Park) three times. I wore my kilt. It was a boiling hot day and was really nice as we could see Loch Lomond. I loved the yellow sunglasses we got free. I met another wee boy while we were walking, and we crossed the finish line together. Last weekend I did my second Kiltwalk and it was rainy and windy, and I had my kilt on again. My Dad and our dog Archie walked with me this time. My dad was really happy that his kilt still fitted him. Hehe! We walked just under 6 miles again and went all the way along the coast to a place called Monifieth. I got my name shouted out over the loud speaker when I finished. We then went and got our free food and got given a piggy bank and a few wee toys and sweets.

On 16th September I am doing my third Kiltwalk and it’s in Edinburgh. My grandad and Archie are going to walk with me this time. I hope I can raise some more money. Doing the Kiltwalk has been fun. Even in the rain. I wonder what I could do next year! I’m hoping some of my friends will be walking the 5 miles ‘Wee Wander’ in Edinburgh as well. There is still time to sign up and my mum said it’s really easy to do and she’s no good with forms. You get nice food with your voucher too so it’s definitely worth it!

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

Can you help us in 2018?

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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

Thank you!

Eden MiniMint Murray

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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.

Ripple Ball 2018

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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.

Win Win!

Cost is £800 per table of ten.

To reserve your table please email Shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk

 

Ripple Retreat Pier

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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.

Ripple Retreat Yoga Mats

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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

Outstanding Silver Beaker

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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.

It’s Good 2 Give Ripple Retreat gets its own logo

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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

Ripple Retreat

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……..