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Friday fun

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How is it Friday already? Days are rushing along.  it is actually only 3 months till we should be given the Ripple Retreat and then pretty it up inside and really get started on the garden.  Not long at all!

While Ian and I can and do work pretty hard on all things Ripple Retreat there are still lots of things It’s Good 2 Give to deal with too.  Finally, finally, today we finished the filing – and how tidy the office looks now.  I ordered little christmas trees today for our Xmas Afternoon Tea, worked on Blingo a wee bit, ordered lanyards, tried my hardest for hours to design an invitation and then decided that Event Brite was the answer – only to have it lose my first draft. That’s not fair, is it?  Ok, I lost the first draft probably!  Anyway, after 3 hours I got it done.  Now to start sending it out.  We are limited for space on the day itself so it will be a small affair.

I am also working on the four weeks we will be open to the public – well I say public – it still has to be by invitation – as space really is limited.  But we do want as many people as possible to see what they have helped create.  It’s a varied life at the moment for sure.

As I was tidying today I found our recycling box for mobile phones – it is half full and it would be so good to get it filled up and sent off – wee bit more money in the bank would be nice.  So, if you have an old mobile, do send it our way!

Update on prize requests – the wonderful Rupert at James Morrow has offered prizes for events this year and I chatted to a new distillery in Callander who have offered to help us too.  We are now up to 75 prizes in – only another 175 to get then!  Again, if you know anyone who might donate a prize or experience or auction item or sponsor part of an event, oh please do send them my way.

I would also love to get more followers – on this blog, twitter (@itsgood2give) facebook, (itsgood2give), instagram (itsgood2give) so if you can help do that – it would be much appreciated.

My weekend plans include writing a newsletter, more prize request letters, writing a business plan for 2017/18, updating the website, and a lot of baking and soup making (for my parents and a friend in need of tlc).

Have a wonderful weekend folks but do keep reading!

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Caroline’s Fundraising Fun

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There’s nothing better than a get together with friends – apart from, that is, a get together that doubles as a fundraiser!

Caroline Cowan held a ladies night at Colinton Bowling Club and raised a huge £900 for It’s Good 2 Give. The festivities included dancing, fun photos (see below) and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. From what we’ve heard, a good time was had by all – and all for a good cause!

Caroline was a good friend of Paul Davies and is taking part in Pedal 4 Paul on the 11th September. She has told us how much she is looking forward to the event and wants as many people as possible to get involved! We are still building our Pedal 4 Paul team and it’s not too late to take part. If you, or any budding cyclists you know, are interested then you can find more information here: http://www.itsgood2give.co.uk/join-the-pedal-4-paul-bike-team-11th-september-2016

Thank you to Caroline, and to everyone who attended, for their wonderful donation and also for showing how fundraising can (and should) be fun!

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My first task: Donation from Westwoods

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This morning I undertook my first official task as an It’s Good 2 Give ambassador. I was strangely apprehensive before, most likely due to my aversion to having my photo taken, or because of the worry that I would say something wrong, or forget to carry out an essential part of the task. Representing something other than just myself suddenly felt like a big responsibility.

After triple checking that I hadn’t forgotten my name badge or giant laminated cheque, I hopped in the car and headed down to Westwoods Health Club to collect £260.74 that they had raised for us through a collection box at their birthday party earlier this month. I was greeted with a warm welcome at reception, had a lovely chat with the assistant manager, Colin, and then, after a minor setback trying to track down a whiteboard marker, he handed over the donation, we got a few pictures taken (to ensure there was at least one where I wasn’t blinking) and my work there was done! It was really nothing worth worrying about.

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When speaking to the staff at Westwoods we found out that the money was raised in honour of Stella Anderson Scott who sadly lost her three year battle with cancer earlier this year. During her illness, Stella raised thousands of pounds for children’s cancer charities. Learning about Stella’s story really touched me, her bravery and strength is so inspiring. She managed to raise a huge amount of money in aid of other young cancer patients, all whilst fighting her own illness. If Stella can do all that whilst undergoing treatment, we all have the time and ability to do our little bit! Stories like Stella’s make me even more glad I got involved in It’s Good 2 Give and do my bit to help, and I would encourage everyone and anyone to do the same!

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Ripple Retreat mugs

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Perfect for a cup of tea or coffee our Ripple Retreat mugs have the outline of the Ripple Retreat on them.

we have two colours available – black and our own burgundy colour.

£8 each or two for £15 and we have packaging and can post out.

P and P would be charged at cost – £2 per mug.

Get in touch soon if you would like to buy one.

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It’s Good 2 Give….regular support

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We have 20 regular individual donors and 1 company donor – our It’s Good 2 Givers.

We need more!  It’s our own fault we don’t have more because we need to advertise it more.

Maybe you can help.

We have three ways of giving – via a monthly standing order through our bank, Unity Trust bank – or via a regular monthly donation through Virgin Money Giving.

And thirdly through payroll giving.

We can send you a standing order form and a gift aid form so we can claim gift aid on your monthly donation. Email me for those forms.

The link to Virgin Money giving is here and there is the option to make a regular donation and gift aid is taken care of for you/us when you tick the box!

Payroll giving is something you need to ask about at your workplace. (and ask that It’s Good 2 Give is included in the benefiting charity list)

We welcome all donations as you know so if anyone is up for joining our It’s Good 2 Givers Club that would be wonderful.

Our regular Givers donate £5 – £10 per month each  and our Company Giver, Timberbush Tours, donates between  £100 and £150 per month.

It all adds up very nicely!

Thanks so much to our wonderful It’s Good 2 Givers – silent but much appreciated donors, every one.

Helping us provide practical support to young cancer patients and the families who love them.

Grand Canyon Trek 2017

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4th – 11th October 2017

When the first European explorers came to the edge of the Grand Canyon on their search for El Dorado, in 1540, they literally had no idea what they saw. The visual vocabulary for a gorge a mile deep, six miles wide and 277 miles long was simply not available; the distances were deceptive, the scale unimaginable.

On this challenge you descend into one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, the heart of the Grand Canyon at Havasu Canyon, where we will hike and explore this incredible landscape, crossing travertine pools of turquoise blue, spending evenings under the stars camping.

Some say you haven’t lived until you’ve taken a journey through the Grand Canyon. This challenging adventure will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, awe and a true appreciation and love of the grandest place on earth.

We ask participants to pay their own way and in addition to raise a minimum of £1500 for it’s good 2 give. The personal costs are likely to  around £2200

That is what we ask of you but what do we give you?

Well, first of all, the knowledge that your fundraising helps our charity support young cancer patients and their families.  We organise get togethers – social, informative and the occasional training walk.  We have a private Facebook group page where trekkers can chat with each other sharing ideas and get to know each other a little bit before the actual trek.

For more information please contact Kae@itsgood2give.co.uk

Our trek provider is Ultimate Challenges – you can read more about our trek here.

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Sierra Nevada trek 2017

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When?

8-11 June 2017

What?  Climb the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain.  A short, sharp, amazing trek and we are giving you plenty of time to train and fundraise!

Join us by climbing Spain’s highest peak – Mulhacen at 3,482m – to raise money for Scotland’s young cancer patients and their families. Sheltered valleys, lush green gorges, winding watercourses, cultivated terraces and high-mountain villages – are the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Las Alpujarras are located in Andalucia, southern Spain. This stunning 3-day challenge takes in the highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada range, including Mulhacén, the highest mountain on the Iberian Peninsula at 3482 m!
all participants must pay their own way (approx £875*)  and in addition, raise a minimum of £300 for it’s good 2 give.

That is what we ask of you but what do we give you?

Well, first of all, the knowledge that your fundraising helps our charity support young cancer patients and their families.  We organise get togethers – social, informative and the occasional training walk.  We have a private Facebook group page where trekkers can chat with each other sharing ideas and get to know each other a little bit before the actual trek.

for more information please email kae@itsgood2give.co.uk
registration link is here
 

**£775 plus Other Costs- £100 airport taxes and fuel surcharges- please note airport taxes are approximate and will be confirmed at time of booking flights.

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Our first Scottish based challenge – climb Ben Nevis

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New Scotland-based Challenge!

Join us for the day to climb the UK’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis at 4,416 feet – and support Scotland’s new up and coming charity helping young cancer patients and their families.

Saturday 3 September 2016

leave Edinburgh early morning by minibus and return late evening with professional Mountain Leaders led climb in between.

Open to all!

Get in touch for more details – contact Kae on kae@itsgood2give.co.uk…

Registration link can be found here.

Edinburgh Marathon Weekend Festival 2017

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The Edinburgh Marathon Weekend is a fantastic running weekend
We are being ambitious for 2017 and want to see 100 runners taking part for us.
Will you be one?
There are many options
Saturday 27 May
10k
5k
Junior 5k
Junior 2.5k
Junior 1.5k
Sunday 28 May
Half Marathon
Relay Marathon
Full Marathon


We will have a wee goodie bag for every runner and a team of volunteers there to cheer you on!
If you register now there is plenty time to do your fundraising – a whole year in fact. You could do a car boot sale clearing out old toys/books/sporting kit, hold a bake sale, there are lots of fundraising ideas out there to choose from!
What you would be giving is immeasurable – support to children and young people with cancer and their families.
Go on, join our team!
Let’s make a huge impact on the Edinburgh Marathon Weekend in 2017.

If you would like to run for It’s Good 2 Give you can do it in a couple of ways
You can register via EMF and pay the registration fee direct to them and then contact us to say you are running for us and raise as much as you can – I can point you in the right direction of sponsors site Virgin Money Giving and send out a t-shirt or vest to you!

Or

You can register for a charity place through EMF for It’s Good 2 Give, where we would set you a minimum fundraising target to meet, and give you advice on how you can meet it, point you in the right direction of fundraising site Virgin Money Giving and send out a t-shirt or vest to you. What we ask of you is that you start your donations by paying what you would pay to EMF to register a ‘normal’ place. Why, you might ask?
It costs us a little more than double of what you pay to EMF to have charity places, as we can then have It’s Good 2 Give on their website, so its ’s help us along the way (as we are a little charity with big ambitions!!)!

For any information on what to do please contact Shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk

and also Charity runners FAQ http://www.edinburghmarathon.com/charity/charity-faqs/

Ripple Retreat kitchen news

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We are a wee bit overwhelmed with the generosity of businesses and individuals – it has truly stunned us and is so amazing.  All of us at It’s Good 2 Give are so grateful for  this support.

One of the earliest fabulous donations was of the kitchen.  In addition to it being a fabulous donation – it is from one of the best kitchen design houses in Scotland (maybe, even the UK).

Kitchens International.

We met the designers in March but I was pretty sick then and so it’s only more recently I have been paying full attention to the design and it is a WOW design.

And a WOW design that I can share with you now.  I love it all. Every single bit of it but especially the worktop that can be raised or lowered to suit all heights of users whether they are toddlers baking with mum, or a child or parent in a wheelchair.

There are accessible powerpoints for using kitchen gadgets but also handy for  charging phones or using tablets or laptops at the breakfast bar area.

I hope you like it as much as we do and I am so looking forward to seeing it when it is fitted!    (I know it is a work in progress so might change slightly)

Our immense thanks to the Kitchens International team – what a truly wonderful donation to our Ripple Retreat.

Since this offer, we have had many offers from businesses and I will be telling you all about them over the coming months!