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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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Thank you Pentland Medical Centre

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After all my dashing about yesterday to avoid the terrible snowstorms due today – we were lucky if we saw three flakes of snow all day.  However it was good to be able to stay home most of the day doing admin.  Two lots of furniture arrived for our Retreat – dining chairs and a toy box.  I got plenty exercise opening the boxes and checking all the items and putting them back.  They are lovely though!

At lunchtime Ian and I popped over to Pentland Medical Centre because they had raised £310 for us and we wanted to do a wee photo with the Practice Manager and some of the team who organised the fundraising. Then it was back home to send the photo to the Evening News community page.

Two days out of the office meant there were a lot of emails to deal with – I did pretty well answering as many as possible and had some calls to make too.  Tonight I was going to do some invites to our official opening but my night computer has decided it needs a rest or has the lurgy.  I have asked our IT doc to come see it tomorrow.  It has to be back at full pelt by the weekend as there is lots to get on with.  I feel so very very fortunate to be so busy.

When I was going through chemo all I longed for (more than almost anything else – well except for my cup of tea tasting nice again) was an ordinary busy day and I was given that gift and I shall never forget how lucky I am to have it.

This evening’s frightful task was to secure Dropbox for business – we had a very unpleasant experience with them a couple of years ago so I was apprehensive.  However it has gone well so far (she says, touching wood) and will mean an even better filing system for us.  It did take me two hours though.  It is now 9pm and even if I wanted to I would be downing tools or Ian would be giving me a row.

Meet the lovely team from Pentland today

from left to right

Ruth Davies, (Paul’s mum), Pauline Hutton, (practice manager) me and Sharon Kane

Marlyn Treks the Great Wall

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Guest Blog post by former Trustee and Company Secretary, Marlyn Minto.

Marlyn Treks the Great Wall

 

“You are completely bonkers” seemed to be the general consensus amongst the wonderful friends who sponsored me when I announced I was going to join the It’s Good 2 Give trek on the Great Wall of China. A year later, standing at the foot of a thousand plus step climb just to get on to the wall, I was tempted to concede they were probably correct.

In my final year as a trustee of the charity I had wanted to undertake a challenge which would test me personally and raise funds towards the Retreat, the building of which was underway. Enthused by the description of the trek by Lisa from Ultimate Challenges at the introductory talk arranged by Lynne, I was the first to sign up.

“You had better get fit” was the cryptic response from partner Ken who promptly appointed himself my personal trainer. The following day, exactly 12 months before setting off found me running up and down our 14 house stairs 8 times at 7am. Too breathless to drink my recuperative cup of tea I pondered the wisdom of my decision. However I gradually increased the stairs adding in cardio tennis, cycling and hill walking. My regime was briefly interrupted by the removal of my gall bladder but my fitness level when I arrived at Glasgow airport for the flight to Beijing was considerably improved. I still felt anxious however about my ability especially as I was, by far, the most senior in the group.

And it proved really difficult – up to 7 hours a day for five days of steep ascents on uneven and crumbling steps, clambering through watchtowers, scrambling through the bush when we left the wall to avoid military zones, crossing narrow ledges, descending at such an angle you had to lean back at 45 degrees, steps, steps, steps and more steps. The scenery was magnificent – for the most part there was not another human in sight and the wall undulated towards the horizon punctuated by watchtowers.

The camaraderie was similarly magnificent everyone looking out for the others, supporting, encouraging and praising. And when we felt it was all too much, the video of young cancer patient Kira, relating how she faced a much greater challenge, moved us to tears, humbled us and renewed our determination to complete the trek. We all did so, including, rather to my astonishment, me. The sense of achievement is enormous; in particular as Lynne tells me the 16 trekkers have raised close to £100000. I am so proud to have contributed to that.

On the Wall there were various discussions as to whether we would undertake future treks. I was quite firm that this was my first and last physical challenge. I hear a rumour however of a trek in Bhutan in 2018 so watch this space. Bonkers indeed!

Footnote by me (Lynne)

I met Marlyn today for a chat and found out she is super keen on our trek in Bhutan.   Marlyn is one of the most travelled people I know but hasn’t been to Bhutan yet and it is on her list of must visit places.  I am delighted to be able to give her the chance to visit and raise funds for a charity she loves to bits!  We have an information evening on 22 February at the Virgin Lounge, St Andrew Square Edinburgh from 6-8pm – if anyone else wants to find out more about the trek please do get in touch.

If you would like to see some of the photos from the GWChina Trek click here and you can see our Flickr album.

 

Christmas Afternoon Tea 2017

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What?      Christmas Afternoon Tea

When?     Sunday 10 December 2017
                 2-4pm Afternoon Tea
1-2pm for pop up shopping

Where?   Waldorf Astoria – The Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Join us for a wonderfully relaxing afternoon – enjoy what I think is the finest afternoon tea in the city with a glass or two of  Prosecco.  Lots of chat, and some entertainment

All the while fundraising for a small volunteer led charity – Our Young Ambassadors will be helping our event team.

Superb value at £35 per person.

We can take bookings of any number from 2 to 30 but we will be seating guests at tables of 10 – a good way to make new friends if you have less than 10 in your booking.

This is an incredibly popular event of ours and will sell out fast so I recommend reserving your place soon.

payment in full by 31 August required

To make your reservation contact shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk

Payment can be made by BACS, cheque, credit card or cash.

A birthday card a day please!

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IMG_0618 mugsI started fundraising 11 years ago this month just before my 49th birthday.

And here I am just a few days short of my 60th birthday – hard to believe really. The time has flown by.

I decided to set several challenges – two I can tell you about!

the first was to get 60 gifts for the Ripple Retreat from our John Lewis and Amazon gift lists – that worked wonderfully well!  Far in excess of 60 gifts have been bought by our wonderful supporters.

The second challenge I started just yesterday – to get a birthday card each day until my birthday – real or virtual- and to have a gift with it – not for me, you understand, but for It’s Good 2 Give

It could be the pledge of a prize – auction or raffle- for 2017 (I need 20 auction items and 250 raffle gifts), it could be that you come to an event in 2017, or take us on as Charity of the Year, or give us something for the Ripple Retreat, become a Regular Giver, pledge to be one of the celebs (or ask a celeb) for our cooking event early spring (no cooking experience required), a pack of 2nd class stamps, or a wee gift card for a supermarket or JL or Ikea or Molton Brown.

I wasn’t 100% sure this one would work but once again, our supporters are rallying round – I got a new Regular Giver, a bike to auction, two pledges of raffle prizes, one of the new plastic £5 notes and the offer of a young classical musical quartet to play at an event.

Today I had a visit from Ingrid from Bon Papillon art gallery and cafe (in Howe Street, Edinburgh) – she brought me a fabulous gift – 36 mugs for the Ripple Retreat.

Thank you Ingrid, Susie and Darlene and all the others who have donated already.  I have so much appreciation of your support.

ps my birthday is on 4 December.

Ripple Retreat scarf

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A few weeks back I was approached by a lovely guy Neil who is a weaver in Derbyshire.  He wanted to design a scarf to reflect the Ripple Retreat and It’s Good 2 Give.

We chatted back and forth and agreed on

  • Blue, green and brown to reflect the water, trees and greenery in the Trossachs National Park and red to reflect our Charity’s colours.

The scarf is made from non-itchy wool and today the first of my orders arrived.

You can see I roped in my husband to model one for you!

It is lovely and all the lovelier for it being hand made and lovingly designed.

We get £5 from the sale of every scarf and £7.50 from sale of a blanket. Scarves start at £32.50 for adults.

Read more on Neil’s website here.

Thank you, Neil for this generous offer.

 

Ripple Retreat scarf

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A couple weeks ago, I got a message on twitter from a weaver in Derbyshire – he offered to create a design just for us reflecting the colours around the Ripple Retreat.

There is red for our house colour, blue, green and brown to reflect the national park – it looks gorgeous!

Neil is giving us some throws/blankets for the Retreat which is incredibly kind of him.

For every adult Ripple Retreat he will donate £5 and for every child scarf we will get £2.50.

I put in the first order, taking care of my dad’s birthday present!

You can read more here on his website.

It is another interesting, kind, fundraising idea!

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