Ripple Retreat

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!

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.

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

 

Tis the season to be jolly

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It’s time! I have waited till October before mentioning Christmas merchandise!
This year we have two cards
One is a nativity scene and one is a Ripple Retreat scene.
Both are A5 sized and so just need a regular stamp for posting.
We have packed them as a pack of 10 of one design or a pack of 5 of two designs.
We are incredibly lucky once again to have no costs with them so that every single penny from the sales of our cards comes to us. Special thanks to our printers Captivate Creative for their generosity and to Kate Holliday for designing them.
So do you want a pack or two?
If yes, get in touch as soon as possible – we have limited stock and once they are gone, they are gone!
£4 per pack – we can post to you  in UK- at cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our advent calendars are designed by a Ripple Retreat neighbour, Mia. The latest trend is for colouring in – it’s very therapeutic.
We have 200 to sell at a mere £1 each – a fantastic wee Advent gift for the little ones in your life.

They are A3 size
Again, get in touch if you want to buy one (or ten!)

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