2014 October


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Nowadays I am surrounded by Givers – Time Givers, Skill Givers, Ideas Givers and of course Money Givers!

I’ve also been reading a superb book that had a whole chapter about Giving.  The author talked about a day (in the future) when volunteering was just a natural thing – not something exceptional or noble, where whole families talk about their plans for the weekend and say – What are we going to do this weekend – are we going to see a movie, shop, volunteer?

I see more and more of that thought though – my family think nothing of changing their plans to help me and love being part of Team It’s Good 2 Give. For my own dad, (at nearly 82) volunteering is what he does every second sunday morning – tootles along to St Columba’s Hospice and is the  receptionist for four hours. He has barely missed a day in over 30 years and any absences were only due to serious illness. (and that doesn’t count the hours of ‘volunteering’ both parents did just a few short years ago helping me with house and garden so I could concentrate on fundraising).

I read more and more on social media about folk taking part in this or that challenge, raising funds, supporting charities in many ways.

It makes a huge difference to people in times of stress, grief, struggling economically to know that someone cares – I know first hand how much of a difference small acts of kindness can make – have said often how much it meant to us after my stepson died, to find pots of soup on our doorstep, to open the door to friends holding trays of food to feed not just us but our guests as well, to have our shopping done for us.

That is where our Parent Packs started from – from me wanting to show parents on the ward with their very sick child that someone was thinking of them.  The feedback forms we get show that it does make a difference and we will keep doing it until the day it doesn’t.

Making small gestures of kindness whether to people you know or people you don’t ( more Pay It Forward) may mean a lot to them and to you too.

As I learned last night of yet another young loss of life – another young person not granted the chance to shine as she surely would have, my sadness for her family is tinged with sadness for so many other people who don’t grab the chances that waft past them.  The many children and young people I have known or known of who have lost their fights with cancer seem to have taken every opportunity that came their way in their short lives. Why?  Did they somehow know?

How about we all go do something we love – doesn’t matter if we aren’t great at it – paint, sing, dance, write poetry, – I love It’s Good 2 Give – took me a long time to find something I loved so much (as opposed to people I loved – done that since I was born!) and I will continue with it and always always try to do better. I will spare you my singing or dancing!  Feel free to join in by becoming one of our Givers – Time, Skill, Ideas or Money.

There are areas our charity still needs help with skills wise – anyone with graphic design experience, or who could help us design an e-Xmas card (for 2015), artists, art teachers – we would love to hear from you.

It may be a cliche but it is also true – this isn’t a dress rehearsal – we only get one chance at life. Make as much of it as you can.



Young Ambassadors Club – new

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Introducing our new Young Ambassadors Club

Right from the moment we set up It’s Good 2 Give we wanted to encourage giving – of time, skills, ideas as well as money.  We have had Young Ambassadors for over 3 years – now we want to take this to a new level.  We want to give them experiences and training and peer support.  All with an aim to have young people representing It’s Good 2 Give and showing them how volunteering can be fun and very good for you!  We’d love to see some of our  Young Ambassadors become Young Trustees of our or another charity in the future.

What we will give them?

Learn event organising, public speaking, retail, customer service, communication, negotiation
the really young ones will help at events, and with artwork and with physical challenges – eg designing christmas cards, posters,  leading a team in the Kiltwalk, or cycling in Pedal for Scotland

Older YA’s will be encouraged to mentor the younger ones and will be paired up with them at events.

Must commit to 2 hours each month for training and more in the run up to events.

Aim to organize and host an event in quarter 4 of 2015/quarter 1 2016

They will also help at It’s Good 2 Give events during 2015 including the Kiltwalk – either walking or volunteering.

The Young Ambassadors will be able to count the hours volunteered with us as part of other initiatives like Jass, Duke of Edinburgh, Saltire award

This will be a very exclusive Club – we are a small charity and want to do our Young Ambassadors proud so will take a maximum of 20 Young Ambassadors ranging in age from 5 (we already have Alfie Byrne as our Youngest Ambassador and he is a great help to us) to 20.

We already have enough applications for our first intake of  Young Ambassadors.

If you would like to be considered for the future, please get in touch.




Photographers, make up artists and hairstylists

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We are immensely grateful to the photographers who came along last Sunday to our fashion show and we now highly recommend them to you!

I also include photographers from past years who have donated their time and fabulous photos too

If you are ever looking for a photographer worth checking out our list – mention us if you do use them.

In no particular order-

Glenda Robertson

Rich Dyson

Alex Hewitt

Lewis Donaldson

Stephanie Ann Hunter

Yid Whellans


The make up for our models was done by the team from the Make up Academy of Scotland - for the third year in a row.  Thanks Sara Hill and your team – it is fantastic to have your support.


Hair for all our models and Sammi was done by the amazing team from Charlie Miller Hair.

This year they were led by Amber Lennie – and were Natalie Cole, Miriam Cassidy, Kayleigh Simpson, Katie Gibb, Hayley Dallas, Hayley Wilson, Charlene Lothian, Cat Nicholson, Chloe Renwick and Claire Ross

While our models were enjoying the pampering at Charlie Miller’s salon in Frederick Street, they were also treated to refreshments from Eteaket - a lovely tearoom just downstairs from the salon – and we extend our thanks to Aine and her team for that treat.


Kaleidoscope Fashion Show

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Oh my goodness.  What a show. What a wonderful show.

I do not mind admitting that Louise, Wilma, Shonagh, Susie and I were getting a wee bit stressed in the days leading up to the event – Managing 53 models, their hair appointments (I foolishly promised Darlene I wouldn’t make any changes to the schedule – ha ha – several changes later I ate humble pie), 14 independent clothing suppliers, 8 make up artists, several photographers, organising food and drink for all the volunteers  oh yes recruiting, briefing and managing those volunteers (there were more than 40 of them), arranging to pick up printing, clothes, rails, flowers, water and goodness knows what else.

Saturday saw Louise burning CD’s and back up CD’s and working out choreography – in between running her own beauty empire, Wilma was busy dodging about town collecting clothes turning her car into the itsgood2give van for the day, Marlyn and I were sorting ID badges, ticket lists, packing the car then later I was printing list after list till my printer packed up (yes before I was finished sadly but we had a back up plan and put that in place.  took a wee bit longer but hey, it worked). Susie was busy calming our young host’s nerves and getting her new shoes to match her two outfits. Shonagh was at Costco buying up their stock of water and chocolate oranges among other things.  Then there was Val at Flavour busy in her shop making up sandwiches for over 100 people – volunteers and models needed fed and Val was the woman to do that. Like everyone else involved in Sunday’s show she was donating her time and sandwiches (and crisps and milk and cakes)

Saturday was also not a great day weather wise which was a wee bit worrying – I didn’t want models to get their hair ruined before they even got to the school.

Sunday dawned dry- that was all we could ask for.  Ian and I  were up at 5  doing final packing of the  car and I was remembering my own clothes. (been there, done that, got that t shirt thanks – one year forgot my own clothes and make up.  Could get away with that then less so now)

We all met at the school at 0930 and offloaded my car so I could scoot to the hairdressers for first appt.  I wasn’t first there – Shonagh, Danny, Alfie, Lynn and Kieran were already there and the Carters too.  it was, as always, a lovely atmosphere- the team of stylists at Charlie Miller were led by Amber Lennie and it was good to see Cat there too and indeed it was Cat who came to the school with a couple of stylists to do last minute tweaking and preening.  Our models looked gorgeous.

The team from the Make up Academy of Scotland were fantastic too – bold bright colours perfect for the catwalk and the guys allowed a wee bit make up to be applied too.

Let us also remember the team at The Tom Fleming Centre for Performing Arts, – Chris, Liam and his colleague and the janitor.  They couldn’t do enough to help us. The catwalk was in Louise’s new idea of an H Shape with lighting uplighting it, our gobo was in place, the music and presentations were perfect.

We had a 20 strong team of volunteers from Lloyds Bank led by Julie Patience helping us and they were most welcome.  Helping do everything from sell raffle tickets, sell our merchandise, tombola (they exceeded my expectations there, well done guys), be our security team, help in refreshments and wardrobe.

Great supporter Kelly Manthorp, herself no stranger to organising even bigger events than this, took on the role of Front of House manager and I was glad of her there.

Everyone played their part to perfection.  My family – husband, stepdaughter and grandsons welcomed our guests and showed them to the auditorium.  I was in charge of wardrobe – tough call that one. Definitely learnt lots of lessons there that could be improved on for future shows but overall it was fun.  I even managed a last minute and fun shot on the catwalk wearing one of Silver Experience’s gorgeous cashmere ponchos – I chose a pink one as it matched my trainers (yep, wore them on the catwalk.) was fun and I wanted to go out again but perhaps another time.

I am scared to do a thank you list as I don’t want to forget anyone and fear I might – so many people gave of their time, skills, ideas and money to support us and I will but in a separate post with links to each of their businesses.

Our wonderful Patron Grant Stott was superb on the catwalk with co-host, Young Ambassador Sammi Bradley – she did have a few nerves before hand but I tell you what, they didn’t show on that stage – she was superb – as you can see from the photos.  And Grant had a word or two to say about her on his radio show on Monday.

This event is about giving everyone on the catwalk a fantastic and special day and giving the audience a great show and we achieved that.

We now have a great many photos to share with you – bear with me while I upload them  over next couple of weeks. There are a selection in the galleries below

Our superb photographers were

Glenda Robertson

Rich Dyson

Alex Hewitt

Stephanie Hunter

Lewis Donaldson

Some of Glenda Robertson’s photos

Some of Rich Dyson’s photos

A selection of Alex Hewitt’s photos