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2017 Plans for Prize donations and sponsorship

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It’s the time of year for me to start planning events in 2017 and this year is no different.

At the moment we have Spring Blingo and our Ball confirmed – 11 May for Blingo (sold out ) and 25 November for our Ball at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh.

I am turning my attention to securing sponsorship for parts of all of each event to maximise our fundraising.

Also, it is time to start asking for prize donations – I feel certain that folk must cross the road when they see me approaching!  However, last year’s experience of going through cancer treatment myself has meant that I am indeed a bolder beggar.  I ask very nicely and hope for a good response but understand if it has to be a negative response!  Surgery, chemo and radiotherapy have left their lifetime scars on me and I hate to think of what they have done to children and teens.

Our Ripple Retreat opens in 2017 and that will provide a fabulous respite during treatment or in the months after treatment and certainly for bereaved families.  In addition to fundraising for our Retreat, we are fundraising for our projects at the new Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh – providing the wall art in the children’s cancer ward and also super comfy chairs for parents on the ward and in clinic.  We need to raise £60,000 for those projects.

If you are able to help by providing sponsorship of part of Blingo or the Ball do get in touch – or perhaps you work for a firm who might consider sponsoring.

Same goes for providing auction and raffle prizes – we welcome any support to secure prizes – we need them for Blingo, the Ball, and for the Scottish Property Awards and Scottish Legal Awards in March and the Scottish Home Awards in June.

Anyone able to  help us please do get in touch – email me on Lynne ( at ) itsgood2give.co.uk Good2GiveRipple-95

Thank you!

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It’s good 2 give Ripple Ball 2015

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When?   Saturday 31 October 2015
645pm till 2am

Where?  Sheraton Grand Hotel, Festival Square, Edinburgh

What?   Our 3rd Ripple Ball – lots of fun and laughter, great entertainment, superb host in Grant Stott and a brilliant way to fundraise for it’s good 2 give!

I love this quote from a guest at last year’s Ball – “I don’t think that I have ever been to an event which was better thought out – every detail from lights to reading glasses. It’s a fantastic charity to be involved with. Before I had only sensed a little of all that It’s Good 2 Give does but I have a fuller picture now. In that situation it is the small things that make such a difference and convey love and care, which is what this amazing charity seems to achieve….”

Go on, get a table of ten together and join us for this great night out.

Cost?  £750 for a table of ten which includes a three course dinner and amazing cheeseboard, entertainment and tea/coffee.  Reception drink also included and sponsored by DMStewart.  Entertainment from The Nightingals and Callanish.

If you would like to sponsor all or part of this event do get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

How?  To reserve your table contact us now

 

 

Looking forward to 2014

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I’m so pleased with all we achieved in 2013 – raising over £300,000 in one year is phenomenal. Thank you for your part in that achievement.

But here’s the thing – we need to do it again in 2014!

Lothian Buses outing - taking a group on the Horrible Histories Bus and meeting author Terry Deary

Why?  Because we have been gifted land and aim to build our Retreat on it during 2014.  A Retreat that young cancer patients and their families will be able to use, to spend time together.  In addition to building the Retreat we will continue with our other practical support to families – providing snacks to the wards at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and at The Western General Hospital for patients and parents (and that includes treats for Christmas and New Year’s day – we were very proud to provide lovely buffets for both those days), organising monthly workshops, providing parent packs for those parents staying in hospital with their child, and giving help with ironing.  We have also this year been able to help two families with some garden maintenance.

That’s why I need your help again.

 

Sometimes it is fun to have a theme for your year and because this year is the year that the Commonwealth Games return to Scotland we are making it the Year of Fitness for It’s Good 2 Give.

Our signature events will still be on the agenda but we will have lots of fitness events too.

A couple of months ago Balanced Physiotherapy took us on as Charity of the Year and last week the Scotsman Spa did too.  What great opportunities await us!

Let’s see what we have planned so far

Fitness

  • Mid-February will see the start of an 8 week Pilates course with Iain Dunn (time and dates to be confirmed but mid-morning and weekday likely for this first course)
  • If there is enough demand for it we will also organise an 8 week yoga coursethe lovely Andy Finlay from Lothian Buses who organised their 64 cyclists
  • again if enough demand (we would want at least 6 participants) we will organise an 8 week nutrition workshop on healthy eating – for the 8 week block cost would be £180 per person – these would be held on a Friday afternoon in Stockbridge.
  • we’ll be starting a Walking group at the end of February too – limited number of participants and walks will vary – joining the group will cost £100 per person per year and for your membership you will also receive monthly offers
  • Mid-May we will host our first ever 5km run/walk – round Heriot-Watt grounds at Riccarton- this run will be for all ages
  • This year our late summer Pedal 4 Paul bike ride will take place on Sunday 24 August and  be just for us – it will start and end at Musselburgh Race Course and we’ll cycle round East Lothian. There will be three categories of ride (full information very soon)
  • and another first for us – we are going to host a 5 a side football tournament at Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton.  Very early days for plans but we will be publicising them in January.  (and it’s inside so not weather dependant!)

 

In addition we’ve got

Our signature events

Trustees Susan and Lynne at Spring Blingo

Trustees Susan and Lynne at Spring Blingo

  • Spring Blingo  15 May at the Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh- sold out but we do operate a waiting list so get in touch if you want to come.
  • If I get an Event Patron and a good bit of help I might organise a cycling themed mini-fashion show in June during the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
  • Our very special Fashion Show returns after a year off  – 5 October at Erskine Stewart’s Melville School, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh
  • Our 3rd Ball at the Sheraton Grand, 15 November hosted by the one and only Grant Stott – tables of ten £650
  • Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Caledonian- a Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Sunday 14 December – already 50% sold – it really is a fabulous festive event and great value as all our events are – for £30 you get luxurious and festive afternoon tea with a glass of Prosecco.

 

Challenges for 2014

I reckon we can get 100 individuals/schools/businesses to pledge to raise £1000 each for us during the year – doesn’t have to be all in one go and could be more! Already Angela Hamilton Geraghty, Susan Stewart and Marlyn Minto have signed up to this challenge.  So I only need to find 97 more.

  • Join our Givers Club – we have a handful of regular givers and would love to have 50 by end of 2014 – from as little as £5 per month you can really make a difference.
  • IMG_8940Doesn’t always have to be on the grand scale – Take one Smartie tube (giving away the smarties or putting them in a big jar and turning them into a challenge of their own – guess the number of smarties in the jar) and fill the empty tube with 20p pieces – started two years ago by Ali and Carol of Curves gyms, Edinburgh with stunning success and taken up by the occasional supporter we are bringing it back big time for 2014

 

 

 

One of our collecting boxes filled with coppers

  •       Save pennies in one of our collecting boxes – my dad did just that and packed it with coppers – when we emptied it there was over £10 in it. Result!
  • Pound pics – a great one for adults and children alike.  We have postcards that you fill in your details on one side and on the blank side do us a drawing that includes a £1 coin. Masterton Primary School in Dunfermline took on the challenge and raised £98 – could be a fun fundraiser at schools, nurseries, brownies/cubs/guides/scout groups – every quarter we will choose the best in different categories (age – up to 5, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16 and adult) and give a book prize.
  • One of the requirements for taking part in Pedal 4 Paul is to wear odd socks – an endearing habit of Paul’s.  What to do with the other pair of odd socks?  Fill them with coins over the year and make that part of your fundraising for the bike ride!

Easy fundraising

If you are spring cleaning and come across – old jewellery and that includes costume jewellery or broken gold chains or earrings, reasonable condition clothes and shoes, printer cartridges, old mobile phones, CD’s, DVD’s please give them to us – we can get money for themIMG_2278

Shop online?  Consider doing so via Give as You Live and once signed up to raise funds for us you will never notice doing anything – I’ve raised £138 in two years.

 

Return of the Wishing Tree

Our first tree in 2011 was in St Andrew Square gardens – it was bitterly cold, not busy and we still did very well.  However I think a new strategy is needed and I would like to see us doing a Wishing Tree in 2014 – what is it, do I hear some of you ask?  It is a tree that we hang tags from – tags that have messages of hope, love, optimism on them and the people who write the messages make a donation to It’s Good 2 Give.  We need to find a new (warmer) spot this year – ideas gratefully received!

I think we have got something for everyone there – if anything interests you or you could help us with publicising events or organise one yourself for us do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

All that is left is for me to wish you a happy and healthy 2014

Lynne

 

Scottish Property Awards 2014

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Proud to be benefitting charity from the Scottish Property Awards.

 

Experts drawn from the property industry gathered in Edinburgh recently to consider over 60 entries received from 45 companies, including developers, agents, funders and architects.

Two new categories were created during the course of the judging as the high standard of entries challenged the panel’s thinking, resulting in 14 awards being agreed amongst the panel.

The awards will raise money for Its Good 2 Give and will help fund the building of a luxury residential retreat for parents of children with cancer.

Co-founder of It’s Good 2 Give, Lynne McNicoll, chaired the Judging Panel last week and finalists were announced yesterday.

 

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 To see the full list of finalists –click here.

Winners will be announced at a dinner at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh on 27 February 2014.

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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Countdown to our Inaugural Ball

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I can’t believe its coming to the end of February already!  Time certainly does fly.

As I write this is is 12 days till our inaugural Ball.   Planning it took a bit of a hit early in the year when I took time out.  Thanks must go to our Ball organising team for tremendous efforts over the past few weeks and we have pulled together over 50 raffle prizes – every one is truly fantastic.  4 awesome auction items.  and about 15 silent auction items.

Corra, the band we have engaged, have sent us the play list and its just wonderful – toe tapping, get up and dance kind of music.

We have sold out which is just so so good.  400 guests at our first Ball.  It’s good but also a huge responsibility to give them a really good evening.  We are heading to the Sheraton this evening to see the newly refurbished function suite – hope we don’t need hard hats!  Very much looking forward to seeing it. I have chosen my ballgown – its off being altered just now and hope I get it back before the weekend so I can try it on!  I think I will be doing a lot of shallow breathing on the night – not much dancing for me or I might pass out!  Its a nice fit but when you aren’t used to dresses like this it is also comic.  I wanted to get sparkly trainers – I actually hate  high heels.  I have achieved a compromise I think – very low heels.  I will let you know if I manage to keep them on all evening.

We wanted to have technology for our silent auction – Ian and I are gadget mad couple – and one of our Team did a tremendous job researching and negotiating with a couple of companies who supply that kind of technology but it was still a huge amount of money.   Instead, we are going manual but have a team of very willing and able volunteers – including trustees Hannah, Emily and Marlyn and young ambassadors Michaela, Ailsa, Laura and Elis – ready to deal with what we hope are dozens of bids.

It is important to us to raise funds on the night – we have all put so much effort into organising this event it would be a shame not to raise a nice amount of money.

But far far more important to us all is that our guests have a SUPERB evening and walk away saying, great night out we will come back to another It’s Good 2 Give event.

That’s the real goal.

Forgive me if I dash off now to work on the programme and photographing some of our prizes!

 

It’s Good 2 Give’s Inaugural Ball

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What?   Our first ever Ball!

Where?  The Sheraton Grand Hotel, Festival Square, Edinburgh

When?  Saturday 3 March 2012

Time?   7pm for 7.30pm with carriages at 1am

Cost?   £600 for a table of ten

Dress Code –  Black tie and Ballgown

Team It’s Good 2 Give are super excited about the upcoming Ball – and about the fact that 23 tables are reserved already.   What tremendous support – thank you.  We are delighted to be working with the Sheraton on our first Ball – even more exciting is the fact that the Function suites undergo major renovation this year and our event will be in the new function suite.  The Sheraton‘s new function facilities are taking it to a new level of luxury in Edinburgh and we are just delighted to be holding our event there.

If you would like to take a table, sponsor any part of the event, donate a prize for raffle or auction please do get in touch with us.  info@itsgood2give.co.uk