Ripple Retreat

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

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……..

It’s Good 2 Give Ripple Retreat site visit 14 February 2017

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Me and my Valentine spent the day doing a site visit and visiting two local supporters.

What a great day it was.

We started off by having an early lunch (1115am!) at Blair Drummond Smiddy – then we went just along the road to Doune to meet for the first time a great supporter – Cheryl Sievewright who owns Woodlane of Doune – a fashion boutique. Cheryl held a fashion show raising £1000 for us which was tremendous.  It was so good to finally meet her and she loves the Ripple Retreat and will continue to support us.  I can see myself popping in to Woodlane from time to time. (I saw several items I would have liked to look at more ).

From there we drove along to Callander and stopped to say hello to another local supporter, Ishbel owns the Crown Hotel. It was super busy as we arrived at 1pm so we just said hello and had a very brief chat then agreed to pop back at a quieter time!  We had a bit of time before we needed to be at the Retreat so we took a wander up and down Callander High Street, finding a lovely wee lane to wander down – it took us to a bridge over the river and an ancient graveyard which mentions Burke and Hare.

It was such a lovely February wintery sunny day  and the light was lovely as we approached our Ripple Retreat.  Parking was difficult as the site was so busy with contractors!  (Which was wonderful) – so we parked at our neighbour’s house (with permission I might add).  We had a VIP supporter visiting with her 3 sons so I had bought 3 child size safety hats and hi viz vests for them.  Kirsten runs KDMedia who have supported us through the Scottish Property Awards, Scottish Legal Awards and Scottish Home Awards raising over £60,000 for us in past three years. In addition to the funds, we have met several other supporters through those awards dinners.  I was a wee bit nervous as wanted her to love our Ripple Retreat as much as I do!   It was unnecessary worry – she loved it as did the boys.  On site today was a digger doing work on the road to the new Pier and the boys loved watching it.

Before heading home we met up with our neigbour, another VIP supporter and friend, David and had a cuppa and chat discussing the garden and other landscaping plans.

To top off a cracking day – daylight stayed with us till almost 6pm – a wonderful sign of approaching spring.

Must do better………

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Oops. Missed a few days again. It is harder than I thought doing a blog post a day.  Will try to do better!

Past few days have been same old same old but on speed.   We have been working on a project plan for the opening and the open days following the opening.  There are A LOT of people we would like to invite to come see the Retreat before it goes ‘into service’.

As part of our own food shopping, I am popping in packs of biscuits that are on offer wherever I am – so far, this month has yielded offers on kitkats and oreos.  the biscuits must be individually wrapped so I am keen to take up offers when they appear. The amazing folks at Tunnocks are donating 700 biscuits and along with my 150 so far I am getting there.  I need about another 300 I reckon. So far, no cost to the charity.

I would love love love to tell you my desk is tidier but sadly, I can’t.  Mini fail there. I have a few personal appointments this week and so have kept my diary light (one of them is my annual mammogram – 2 years since I started chemo, and it makes me a bit nervous beforehand).  I may try to do a bit of work on the old desk! Don’t hold your breath though.

Trustee and friend Susie Bradley has been busy on our behalf too – she has been speaking at Inverkeithing Scouts telling them about us and our Ripple Retreat.  The Scouts are fundraising for us which is terrific and Susie has also been invited to be interviewed about her role and that of her Wee Broon Dug’s role as an Ambassador for it’s good 2 give.

Perfect Sunday for a spot of office work

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It has been a very grey January Sunday  so after our lovely 50min early morning swim I decided to settle down in the office and get on with projects.   I feel very very pleased that I was able to sort a computer app issue.  We have a lovely guy who helps us but is also super busy – he wasn’t able to come for a few days and I was really fed up with the problem (Outlook wouldn’t load at all) so I sat down and researched the issue on Google.  There were several solutions and at first I wasn’t sure which one to try – I ended up trying the one that sounded most plausible.  It took hours to do but after three hours I got my Outlook to load and all my emails came back – I was so pleased!  Then, of course, I had to sort the emails – there were 250 to go through and I have managed to reply or file 175 of them today!

I had a nice break from all of that when Trustee Susie B visited – she is busy with a new job but also has recruited 21 trekkers to do a climb up Ben Nevis in May.  We talked about her plans and her fundraising ideas and she tried out the Egg chair we have for the family room at Ripple Retreat.  Her verdict?  Very comfy and great for reading a book.  Which is exactly the plan for it!

So, it has been a day of paperwork – well, virtual paperwork!  Surveys, To Do Lists, emails, fundraising plans, e-vites (starting the plans for the Official Opening event), a newsletter to our corporate supporters, starting the plans for a Family Day at the Retreat.

And here I am writing this blog.  About to stop though and sit for a couple of hours reading my book.  (Maggie O’Farrell – This must be the Place – in case you are interested!)

I promised myself I would try to read and relax more this year even though we are super busy – so we have given up some TV watching and taken up book reading (well OH has continued with newspaper reading).   And I am enjoying it!

Thanks for reading – it’s so nice to hear from some of you and to know that someone is reading my blog!!

Ripple Retreat Site visit

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it was great to see progress on site today. We went up to a meeting with the company who are going to build our pier and that went very well. I took a stroll along the shore. It was such a peaceful day. Not too chilly, or windy though it was a little grey. But then, it is January!

‘We came home via our favourite pit stop -Blair Drummond Smiddy. Great service, food, butcher and veg. You can see the specials menu below!

There was a lot of ‘homework’ to do so that took care of the rest of the afternoon.

Enjoy some photos from the site visit. (And of two lovely donations we got yesterday for our Ripple `Retreat)

Ripley the Bear – perfect for Valentine’s Day

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Snuggly bears aren’t just for kids!  This one is almost an investment – Made by Merrythought Bears in England this quality bear is a collectible as well as cuddly bear and we have  called him  Ripley! This teddy bear is non-jointed and is 8″ sitting.  He is also wearing a specially designed It’s Good 2 Give t shirt.  All profits from this bear go towards  our Ripple Retreat.

I think he would look perfect for a Valentine’s gift and if you are thinking of popping the question he’d look cute as holding the jewellers box.

Best bit – as well as giving your loved one a Valentine gift you are also helping a small charity fundraise.   Win, win.

He is £50 and we get half of that.  Post and packing at cost or collect from Edinburgh location.