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A bit of a frenetic Monday

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The day started off so well.

Och and it hasn’t ended badly – it just got lots of extra things added to it and I felt as though it needed extra hours added to deal with them all!

It really is quite hard to keep up at the moment.

Monday mornings are for my parents – I take them over to the Gyle, they do their shopping, I do a meeting, we then meet up for a coffee and I take them home.

Today was an opportunity to meet up with fellow Trustee Susan for a chat and share ideas.


On the way home I got a call that meant I needed to go into city centre for an urgent meeting to discuss a potential problem with an event, then return home and consider options.  I also needed to prepare for an all day interviewing session tomorrow, learn how to set up Skype (yeah yeah it was easy in the end), pay for more Ripple Retreat furniture and fix up its delivery date to coincide as far as possible with the delivery dates of other items of furniture. Those two sentences don’t really convey the feeling that this day didn’t have enough hours in it.

Well, I knew this year would be challenging time wise – before you know it, it will be time to open the Retreat.  I actually relish the challenge but I still wish the days were a wee bit longer.

I enjoyed a good chat with our London Marathon runner tonight on Skype – she has lots of plans to promote her participation and support of our charity and we shall both be sharing those next week.  Long time supporter Aileen popped by today with gifts for the Retreat and also to let me know she is walking the West Highland Way for us this summer.  Keeping her feet firmly on Scottish soil this year but perhaps we can tempt her with information about our Bhutan trek in 2018!

And apparently it is 7 years this week since we set up It’s Good 2 Give – we didn’t get our charity registration till April 10th but we started the process, applying for registration, setting up a website, admin etc this very week 7 years ago. What a long way we have come.

Right, guys, I still have papers to read for tomorrow so I bid you good night.

It’s Good 2 Give Ball 2017

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What?  Our 2017 Ball organised by Lynne and Ian McNicoll and hosted by the fabulous Grant Stott

When?  Saturday 25 November 2017 7pm till 1am

Where?  The Sheraton Grand Hotel, Festival Square, Edinburgh

Cost?  £800 for a table of 10, payable in 3 instalments – £200 on booking, £300 by 31 March 2017 and £300 by 15 September 2017

Tell me more…..

This is our 5th Ball and we want to make it special.   Special for our guests, our amazing supporters.

Of course it is a fundraiser but the main objective of the event is for you to have fun with your friends.

You will be welcomed with a reception drink of prosecco and that will be followed by that with a 3 course meal and a cheeseboard at the end of dinner to let you and your guests keep your strength up for all the dancing you will do!

Because there will be lots of dancing time – no silent auction to distract.  We will have a couple of items only for our wonderful host, Grant to auction later in the evening but that will be all auction wise.

There will be two raffles – a star raffle with an amazing prize and a regular raffle with very lovely prizes.

We take our wishing tree to every event and if there are guests who want to donate to our charity and know where their money is going this is a good option  – they can choose a tag – eg paying for a family of a young cancer patient to stay in the Retreat for a week £750, paying for a welcome hamper for a family staying at the Retreat £100, paying for an ironing voucher for a family in the Sick Kids hospital £40 – these are just a few examples.

We want to celebrate your support of our Ripple Retreat and our projects at the new Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh which is due to open in Spring 2018.

We aren’t paid fundraisers and have no office costs and we are very happy to work our socks off to make this event very special.  We will raise money at it but more importantly we will build on relationships we already have or start new ones if you are new to It’s Good 2 Give!

Come join the fun – to reserve your table, please email lynne ( at )





It’s Good 2 Give…… A mention to supporters

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No sooner do I put out a request for prizes than we get a stunner!

The lovely Susanna Hanl has donated before but this prize is truly gorgeous.

Thank you Susanna for designing this necklace and earrings set with the Ripple Retreat in mind.  One lucky guest is going to be very happy at our Christmas Afternoon tea event.

If you would like to see more of Susanna’d designs then head to her website!

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It’s Good 2 Mention….. Ripple Retreat support

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Today, Ian and I went to our secure storage unit to drop off more storage boxes that have been filled with wonderful donations from you, our supporters.

Helping us was another amazing supporter, Maris – who filled her car to the brim with boxes and paddles and safety kit.

Together we all loaded it in our unit which is fast filling up.

We can’t thank Vicki Munro and her family enough for giving us the storage unit at her firm Broughton Removals.

It is safe and secure and as soon as Ripple Retreat is ready for all the stuff, it will be transported up there ready for the fun job of unpacking and checking the inventory!


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 ) Good2GiveRipple-95

Thank you!


Official opening of the Ripple Retreat

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It’s time.

Time to think about the official opening of the Retreat.

I was introduced to Lorraine Kelly, TV superstar and she has very kindly agreed to cut the ribbon and open the Retreat on a Friday in May 2017.

That allows us time to make the Retreat family ready, sort out any little issues that might arise, hold the first event in April (it’s a Memory Day).

Thank you Lorraine – we are all looking forward to meeting you.

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Ripple Retreat site visit 27 October

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Ian and I were at the Retreat site today for a design/construction team meeting.  The weather was pretty horrible on the drive up but by time we arrived in Callander the rain had stopped.  Driving along the 3 miles of single track road to the Retreat from Callander was incredible. It was as if the road was paved with copper – and the verges too.  The leaves were shimmering after the rain and honestly it was possibly the most beautiful drive to the site I have ever had.

We were a few mibnutes late thanks to the traffic and the rain and so I wasn’t able to stop to take a photo for you.

Our meeting lasted several hours and we got a lot done – there are actions that need attention in next few days so will keep us all busy.

I took a couple of short videos for you to see the interior today and it was exciting to see the base floor in the ‘caretakers’ room – ready to have the underfloor heating pipes installed soon.

First film is a general look round

Second film is of the base floor ready for underfloor heating pipes!

It was really good to know too that all 15000 daffodil bulbs had been planted – that will be a sight to see in the spring – it will be a carpet of gold. What a fantastic welcome for families.

We’ll be back up next week and looking forward to seeing each weeks’ progress.

Meantime the donations arrive every day from supporters from our Amazon gift list and our John Lewis gift list.


NHBC Awards Lunch

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The NHBC held their Pride in the Job Awards lunch in Glasgow two weeks ago and very kindly put donation envelopes on the tables.  They also showed a short video about the Ripple Retreat.

I went through with a supporter and we counted the donations in the envelopes and there was a fantastic £5500 (which we promptly banked!)

It was so kind of them to support us and much appreciated.

Hobbs fashion event

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Calling all fashionistas and shopping aficionados! We are throwing an exclusive event in the beautiful Hobbs store on George Street to raise money to buy 100 comfy chairs for parents at the new Sick Kids Hospital (opening next year).
Guests will view the latest fashion from Hobbs, modelled by It’s Good 2 Give VIPs, whilst sipping on prosecco, sampling tasty nibbles and enjoying a huge 20% discount on full price purchases! They will also be in with a chance of winning some wonderful raffle prizes, including a £100 Hobbs Voucher and two gorgeous Hobbs handbags.

Tickets are only £10 with ALL money going to Its Good 2 Give!
Contact Shonagh Byrne, our Events Co-ordinator on to book your space at this wonderful event.

Date of Event – Wednesday 14 September 2016

Time of Event – 6-8pm

Cost – £10 per person payable on booking

Venue – Hobbs store, 47 George Street, Edinburgh

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Supporter Event

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Ceri Ferguson was friends with Paul Davies – it is 6 years today since Paul died from cancer, aged just 17.
Ceri is taking part in the Pedal 4 Paul bike team and is fundraising hard!
she has organised this event and asked us to let you know about it. Sounds like lots of fun!

Come along on Saturday 23rd July for an Irish dancing taster session! It will be a relaxed beginners class open to age 7+ and we’d love to have some adults along too!

It will be held in Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre (EH13 9EU) 10.30-11.30am and is £5 per person which includes a tea/coffee/juice + cake after the class.

All money raised will go towards fundraising for ‘it’s good 2 give’, a local Edinburgh charity which supports children and young people with cancer. To reserve your place, email:

The link to her fundraising page for more details is: