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New Event! Afternoon Tea at the Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh

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What?    An afternoon tea event  organised by some of our Young Ambassadors

When?  Sunday 5 November 2-4pm with a pop up shopping area from 1-2pm – an ideal opportunity to start your Christmas shopping

Where? The Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Why?   We love organising events for our supporters and it is a wonderful way to raise funds for our small charity- although events are a huge amount of work, we love doing them and it is very important to us that our guests love attending!  The funds raised from today’s event will go to supporting our Ripple Retreat near Callander – a retreat for young cancer patients and their families where they can spend a few days away together in luxurious and relaxing surroundings.  Some of the funds raised will also go towards providing a defibrillator for the Callander area – our Young Ambassadors attend regular workshops and one of these workshops was an introduction to first aid.  At that workshop they learnt about the importance of defibrillators in saving lives and we all agreed it would be nice to provide a defibrillator to the area our Retreat is situated in.  The final decision on location will be left to  St John’s Scotland who we are dealing with.

How much?  £25 per person and that includes a glass of something sparkling!  (10% discount for booking a table of 10)

How do you get tickets?  Please go to our event brite page and you can book your spaces there.

Any queries – please contact Shonagh Byrne on

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!

if you want to come along contact


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

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


Christmas Blingo 2014

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What?: Blingo

When?: Thursday 4 December 2014  645pm till late

Where?: Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square,  Edinburgh

Fantastic night out – ladies only.

Prizes are incredible and the night is such fun.

Our first Christmas Blingo in 2013 was so successful we were asked to do a second so here it is! (and if you would like to see a very short video from last year’s Xmas Blingo click here)

Incredible value at £550 for a table of ten – that includes a reception drink, 3 course meal with half bottle wine per person, tea or coffee and 3 games bingo.

Tables are selling well – it’s a fun way to celebrate the festive season and still be supporting a small local charity.

To book your table get in touch soon.

£100 non refundable deposit secures your table and balance due by 30 September 2014.



Christmas Blingo 2013

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What?: Blingo

When?: Thursday 5 December 2013  645pm till late

Where?: Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square,  Edinburgh

Fantastic night out – ladies only.

Prizes are incredible and the night is such fun.

First time we have organised a Christmas Blingo and we are most excited!

Still great value at £550 for a table of ten – that includes a reception drink, 3 course meal with half bottle wine per person, tea or coffee and 3 games bingo.

Tables are selling well – it’s a fun way to celebrate the festive season and still be supporting a small local charity.

To book your table get in touch soon.


Au revoir 2012

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Hard to believe, isn’t it?  The end of another year.

It’s Good 2 Give has had a tremendous year starting back in March with our inaugural Ball – at the newly refurbished Sheraton – and when I say newly refurbished I mean it.  General Manager JP Kavanagh was almost having to use smelling salts on me in the afternoon as the painters (yes, the painters), cleaners and joiners finished up.  They were still assembling the lounge tables mid afternoon.   I can tell you now I had palpitations.  Our  hard work paid off though and we had a fabulous night.    Host, Grant Stott was just the best and the band, Corra could have played on.  and on.  and on.  Our guests wanted to stay and dance the night away.    (So much so, we have extended our end time for the 2013 Ball to 2am).

Afternoon tea events and Blingo followed – held at the Caledonian Hotel and Roxburghe Hotel respectively – these are sell out events and deservedly so – great value and great fun.

We got physical too, mind you – taking part in the Dragon Boats race in June – jings, that was a cold day for June down at Ocean Terminal.   We had lots of fun.   and some amazing costumes.
Pedal for Paul was a triumph and I like to think that Paul would have been pretty chuffed with our efforts.   67 cyclists raising over £17000.  Oh and did I mention they cycled 47 miles between Glasgow and Edinburgh?    Susan, Carol and I were there at the finish line to take photos, congratulate them and give out medals.   Gosh, we were proud of them all especially young Charlie Griffiths – who was our youngest cyclist.  Paul’s dad cycled it too – mum, Ruth had broken a bone and couldn’t cycle.   She and I have signed up already for 2013 – this time we want to see over 100 cyclists in the team.    Pretty achievable I think.

We end the year having now raised well over £250,000 in our first three years.   I am proud of that but want to speed things up a bit – so my next challenge is to Double our Money by end 2013.

I hope you will help me do just that. The sooner we get that kind of money in the bank the sooner we can start to create the kind of retreat I dream about for families affected by cancer.

I will tell you all about my ideas and show you our calendar of events early in 2013.

Meantime, let me just  say thank you for all your support and wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year

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Here we are again – Blingo 2012.

All set and Ellie is raring to go.  Our wee elephant mascot comes to all major events.  She is very special to me.  Reminds me why we do what we do.

anyway, car is packed up, outfit is finally chosen, prizes are beautifully wrapped by our superb wrappers, Tia and Karen (thanks so much, girls), lists and clipboards are ready.

Let’s get this show on the road



Blingo Thank You’s Part 1

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Blingo is a huge event to organise and one much loved by those who organise and certainly by those who attend.

Our first list of thank you’s must start with

The Roxburghe Hotel itself – they very kindly sponsor the reception drink!  Cheryl Burns has looked after us very well for the past few years.

Grant Stott – what a lucky charity we are to have him on board as a Patron.  He is a really lovely bloke and so funny.  I hope he has a wee song prepared for us again this year.  His rendition of Joseph last year was just brilliant.

Tonya Macari – Tonya does us proud as Ambassador and hosts Blingo for us every year.

Mike Lowe – well it wouldn’t be Blingo without Mike.  Mike is the Bingo part of Blingo!  An incredible man  – witty and generous and we all love him to bits.

Team Blingo – what would I do without Susan Stewart?  Quite the most amazing right hand woman anyone could have – always asking me ‘what can I do?’ then just scooting off and doing it.  Most of the team preparing on the day itself are her family! Marlyn Minto, our Company Secretary Trustee – much like Susie just takes tasks on and does them brilliantly.    Tia Miller is celebrating her first year anniversary of working with us  first with finances and now in a role she was born to, supporting us at events.  As bossy as Susan (in the nicest possible way, ladies) I just do as I am told when they are around!   As well as our core team there are many lovely people who help us by securing prizes for raffle and auction, wrap  them to make them look world class, support us at the event selling raffle tickets, making sure our guests are happy and the less glamorous roles like clear up!  Thank you to each and every one of you.

Of course Blingo is a fun event – but its serious side is to let guests know about our work, to raise funds to let us realise our dreams – our biggest thanks go to the families who help us do that.  We wish we didn’t know them this way but sadly we do.  We listen, we react, we aim to make a difference.

It’s Good 2 Give wants to be known as the practical charity – providing nutritional snacks, practical and fun workshops, parents packs and, in time, the retreat.