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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!

Angus heads for the high seas

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Angus heads for the high seas

New supporter Angus Kirk wanted to celebrate his milestone birthday in a very special way. Although he had no experience of sailing (other than being a passenger) he has signed up for two legs of the Round the World Clipper race. This is no mean feat and Angus will cover 8000 miles! I have seen a film of the boat’s conditions – it is cramped to say the least. I am in awe of his determination and we all wish him the best of luck and hope he doesn’t suffer at all from seasickness. He has already raised over £4500 for us and aims to increase that.
If you would like to sponsor him, the link to his fundraising page is here. I will keep you up to date with his progress.

Articles about his trip

Linlithgow Gazette

Edinburgh Evening News

Must do better………

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Oops. Missed a few days again. It is harder than I thought doing a blog post a day.  Will try to do better!

Past few days have been same old same old but on speed.   We have been working on a project plan for the opening and the open days following the opening.  There are A LOT of people we would like to invite to come see the Retreat before it goes ‘into service’.

As part of our own food shopping, I am popping in packs of biscuits that are on offer wherever I am – so far, this month has yielded offers on kitkats and oreos.  the biscuits must be individually wrapped so I am keen to take up offers when they appear. The amazing folks at Tunnocks are donating 700 biscuits and along with my 150 so far I am getting there.  I need about another 300 I reckon. So far, no cost to the charity.

I would love love love to tell you my desk is tidier but sadly, I can’t.  Mini fail there. I have a few personal appointments this week and so have kept my diary light (one of them is my annual mammogram – 2 years since I started chemo, and it makes me a bit nervous beforehand).  I may try to do a bit of work on the old desk! Don’t hold your breath though.

Trustee and friend Susie Bradley has been busy on our behalf too – she has been speaking at Inverkeithing Scouts telling them about us and our Ripple Retreat.  The Scouts are fundraising for us which is terrific and Susie has also been invited to be interviewed about her role and that of her Wee Broon Dug’s role as an Ambassador for it’s good 2 give.

Patron Grant takes a break from radio

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I was all geared up to tell you about my lovely day and I will, just not today!

Because….

I want to wish our first and longest serving Patron, Grant Stott, all the best as he hangs up his headphones for a while – after 27 years at Radio Forth he is taking a break to pursue some different opportunities.

He is a cracking Patron and friend and we all hope 2017 is all he wants it to be.

Here is a link to the official statement!

http://www.forth1.com/pages/granttakesabreak/

All the Best, Grant

Love, Bunty and the entire IG2G team.

Grant hosting Blingo

Grant hosting Blingo

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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