young cancer patients

Snowdon challenge

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A huge thank you to Tim Carter for completing the Snowdon Challenge whilst raising over £1,400 for It’s Good 2 Give.  We love to hear all about the different adventurous challenges that people take on.  Tim took on this challenge after hearing about our charity through his colleague (and one of our Trustees) Susie Bradley.

Here are a couple of photos of Tim during his challenge.

Thanks Tim

C

Can you help, any unwanted gifts?

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With 2019 being our 10th year of It’s Good 2 Give we will be having lots more events for you to join us.

Which in turns means lots more tombola / auction / raffle prizes needed…. if you perhaps have any new unwanted gifts then please do PM and let us know.

Anything would be much appreciated.

Trek in Transylvania this October

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Transylvania Trek (4th – 7th October 2019)
£100 discount on registration fee till end January 2019

Perhaps you always wanted to join one of our Treks but couldn’t take the time off work or from the family, well here is one suitable for all.

Discover Romania on this amazing weekend trekking challenge

On this unique trekking challenge, we will discover some of the hidden sights of Transylvania, and step back in time to experience rural life, Romanian style. Feast your eyes on majestic castles such as the famous Count Dracula’s ‘Bran Castle’, pass through traditional villages and hike through the stunning untouched scenery.

Our two-day trekking challenge, takes us along craggy mountain ridges, through indigenous forests and flower-strewn meadows and farmland, a fascinating glimpse of rural life in an almost medieval corner of Europe.

To take part you need to pay your non-refundable registration fee of £125, pay the costs of £1,200 tens weeks before departure, and raise the minimum sponsorship of £1,000 for It’s Good 2 Give.

What is included
– International return flights from Scotland to Bucharest
– Transfers upon arrival and departure and local transfers
– Head English speaking guide
– Local guides
– Twin-share accommodation (3* Guesthouse)
– Full board throughout
– Celebration dinner
– UTC Expedition doctor

What is not included
– Airport taxes and fuel surcharges
– Single supplement
– Entrance to castles
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Personal travel insurance

For more information click this link
https://www.ultimatechallenges.co.uk/challenges/europe/its-good-2-give-transylvania-trek/

or contact Shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk
Another option is to join our private facebook group of interested trekkers and see the presentation there.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1803612383041881/

Trek – Vietnam, Pu Luong

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Vietnam, Pu Luong Trek (28th March – 6th April 2020)

£100 DISCOUNT ON REGISTRATION FEE TILL END JANUARY 2019

Why not join us for this fantastic opportunity to explore the traditional charm and rare beauty of this untouched part of Asia. Trek through the valleys and paddy fields of northern Vietnam to the breath-taking mountains of the Hoa Binh province.  A trek not to be missed whilst raising vital funds for It’s Good 2 Give.

To take part you need to pay your non-refundable registration fee of £350, pay the costs of £1,645 tens weeks before departure, and raise the minimum sponsorship of £1,500 for It’s Good 2 Give or raise £3200 for It’s Good 2 Give.

What is included
– Return flights from Scotland to Hanoi, Vietnam
– Fuel surcharges
– Airport transfers in the UK and Vietnam
– Full board in Vietnam (except lunch and dinner on departure day)
– Celebratory dinner at the end of the trip
– Professional qualified local guides
– Shared accommodation (hotel in Hanoi, dorm style in local village houses on trek)
– UK Doctor

What is not included
– Vaccinations
– Single room supplement
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Lunch day 9
– Personal travel insurance
– Optional tours and activities

Futher details on the itinerary for the trip can be viewed via this link
https://www.ultimatechallenges.co.uk/challenges/asia/its-good-2-give-vietnam-trek/

For more information or to book a place please contact
Shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Canine VIP!

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Guest post by Betty!

When somebody said ‘walkies!’ I was on it like a shot!

But this is walkies with a difference. I am taking part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk on the 16th September for It’s Good 2 Give! with my owners, Jim and Angela.
They will be wearing their dogilicious tee shirts and I didn’t want to miss out, so Lynne sent me this lovely bandana to wear.
I will be practicing my happy face for the Kiltwalk to wow the photographers. I probably need to take a few tips from Shonagh Byrne as she always looks great smiling into camera!
I can’t wait for the It’s Good 2 Give! pitstop as I hear there are dog treats and a dog bowl 🐶🐶  and the human treats sound delicious too!
Jim and Angela are hopeful that I will persuade friends and family to donate more to our fundraising page because apparently I look far cuter than they do. You can be the judge of that, but please do donate in pounds and not dog bones as we need to help keep the brilliant Ripple Retreat running. The Ripple Retreat is a sanctuary and truly magical place for families to stay on the shores of Loch Venacher.
Please come and say hello to me if you see me next Sunday.  I would love to have a photo with the team!
We will be at the Big Stroll. See you there!
Woof woof
Betty
xx

Guest blog post by the amazing Kate Swaine

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Tomorrow morning at silly o’clock I’ll be jumping in here and swimming 11 miles (just under 18k) north to the top of Lake Windermere. This is the beginning of a month of swims to raise money for 2 great local charities supporting children and teenagers in different ways. I wanted to do something this year to mark the 20th anniversary of losing my mum. It’s a long time ago I know, but I have always missed having a mum… and wanted to honour the woman that she was and still is, in my heart. The charities are Its Good2Give, run by  Lynne McNicoll and The Polar Academy. I knew I wanted to support Its Good2Give from when I met Lynne last year, but when I heard Mollie Hughes speak about the work The Polar Academy do at an EGG event earlier this year, it struck a billion chords with me too!! Do read my story on the fundraising pages if you would like too…

sponsor me here!

Kate

footnote from Lynne – Kate, what a challenge and what a lovely way to honour your mum.  We are all super grateful to you for your support and we know Mollie and have huge admiration for her and all the work she does too.  Fingers crossed for good conditions and we look foward to seeing the post swim review!

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!

Kiltwalk update

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Dundee (19th August)
Edinburgh (16th September)

There is still time to sign up for either of the two upcoming Kiltwalks!
This is going to be the biggest Edinburgh Kiltwalk – in fact the biggest Kiltwalk that It’s Good 2 Give will have been part of!
It’s a very special one too, as one of the charity’s trustees, Joanna Lamb is leading out all three walks! (24miles, 15 miles and 5miles)
The Tom Hunter Foundation and Michelle Obama dinner have secured an extra 40% to give to the charity on top of your fundraising and it’s an amazing opportunity to raise as much money as we can for It’s Good 2 Give. This means that it is a really important fundraising opportunity for us and we are encouraging as many people to participate or volunteer at this event.  We have a pitstop at Silverknowes and need dozens of volunteers to help us on the day – Sunday 16th September.
We also need sponsors for our walkers and for treats for the walkers. If you could help or know a business who might be able to help point them our way! There is an opportunity for advertising on our tent too.

Summing up – what are we hoping for?

  • More walkers!
  • More volunteers to help at our pitstop
  • A business or businesses who might help provide treats (sweets, tablet, fudge,) for all the walkers who will walk by our pitstop
  • A business or businesses who might sponsor our tent.

If you can help with any of the above, we would LOVE to hear from you.

Ripple Ball 2018

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After the success of Ripple Ball 2017 we have confirmed a date for our 2018 Ball

Join us if you can.

Venue will be the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh

Date is Saturday 24 November 2018

7pm till 1am

Good food, lots dancing, 4 unusual items auction, raffle (and to save time for more dancing, tix can be bought in advance) and a great host or two.

Along with having a fun night out you can have the knowledge that you are supporting a small Scottish charity that supports young cancer patients and their families.

Win Win!

Cost is £800 per table of ten.

To reserve your table please email Shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk

 

Are you an Asda shopper? You can help us…..

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We are always looking for new ways to help fundraise for our charity.

The Asda foundation supports local causes and donates £1 million a year to causes throughout the UK.

Anyone can nominate a cause.  Nominating It’s Good 2 Give! is really easy.

Here is quick step guide –

 

(1) Enter website www.storelocator.asda.com/#!/

(2) Store locator “Search” – enter your local store name or town

(3) Select your nearest store

(4) Under Asda community section there is a “Nominate” blue button- click on button

(5) This opens a pop up box – Simply answer the questions below

– Who are you nominating? = It’s Good 2 Give!

– Why do they need our help?

You could say something about our Ripple Retreat and the fact that we need to fundraise to maintain it so that families of young cancer patients can stay for a short break at no cost to them. We also provide snacks to patients and parents in the local oncology ward at the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, provide parent packs to parents staying in hospital with their child, organise workshops for the whole family and provide families with ironing vouchers

– Their Contact details (name & tel no) = Lynne McNicoll OBE, Chair and Co-founder, It’s Good 2 Give  (07901555352)

– To help us find out more about your nomination, please provide your name, email or telephone number

– Submit

We would appreciate if anyone has the time to nominate us and hopefully we can raise more money for the charity.

Thank you for supporting us!