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

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!


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:

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



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!


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

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



Sierra Nevada trek 2017

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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
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.



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…

Registration link can be found here.