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Saturday

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So I told you about Friday at the Buccleuch Challenge – I woke on Saturday feeling a bit tired and actually a  wee bit unwell.

I was determined to get along to see two runners finish the half marathon.  Parking at Tesco on the West side of Musselburgh because the traffic was unbelievable I walked slowly along the High Street to Musselburgh Race Course where the half marathon finish line was.

But you know what?  As soon as I saw both runners – Lorraine and Kirsty (they didn’t know each other) I felt so much better.  Our fundraisers make my heart sing, so they do.  These two amazing runners both raised hundreds of pounds for us and trained hard for their race.  I was so glad to be there to see them.  Bonus was I bumped into Emma one of our newer but fabulous volunteers who had been doing this run for fun.

Kirsty Griffiths has been a supporter of mine for years and years and is just wonderful and lovely and she looked fantastic in her It’s Good 2 Give running vest with her name on the back.  I hope lots of people cheered her on.  (I did)

I walked back to my car with much more of a spring in my step and gratitude in my heart.

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Natalia Catechis

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It is so nice to tell you what our supporters get up to.

the last post was about our wonderful Grant and his show in the Fringe and now I want to tell you about another of our wonderful supporters – this time teenager Natalia.

Natalia has performed at our fashion show – actually she has modelled at it too, often!  She and friends sang for us two years ago and they were superb.

I have since seen Natalia in two shows – one was Godspell and earlier this year I saw her perform in Hairspray.

To see her develop into a very talented actress is wonderful.

She is performing in the Fringe Festival this year with the Forth Children’s Theatre and I urge you to get tickets and go see their show – my all time favourite – Les Miserables.

I am going on 1 August and can’t wait.

Read more here and get your tickets soon.

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St Andrews Charity Fashion Show

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The largest student-run charity fashion show in the UK.

For romantics among you, also the fashion show that Kate Middleton modelled at and where Prince William, it has been suggested, first noticed her.

And I am beyond proud to tell you that the benefitting charity in 2015 is It’s Good 2 Give.

This is just fantastic news for us and the whole team is so excited.

Read more here about the show and watch this space for news!

 

Charity Couture!

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Fantastic new event organised by Trustee Donella Lawson and great supporter Michelle Macdonald

Where?   | LULU | George Street | Edinburgh

When?    June 7th 2014 2pm – 5pm

What?  Cocktail on arrival | Bar available | Various stalls and pampering experiences including Lash Bar, Hair by Connolly, Stella & Dot Jewellery to complete finishing touches | Raffle and Silent Auction

Tickets £10 – Available from the following…
Connolly Hairdressing, Howe Street |
Sonya Moore Hairdresser, Telford Road, Blackhall
Macgregor Hairdressing, Churchill, Edinburgh |
Zest Beauty Salons, Liberton Place, Haddington Place & Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh

Donations of designer/ fashionable makes of clothing and accessories gratefully received.

Please contact Donella – donellalawson@aol.com (Mobile 07889 853045)
or Michelle, danshell@hotmail.com (Mobile 07976 369127) for collection of donations.

Odd socks

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Four years ago in July this lovely boy lost his fight with cancer. He was 17 years old and had fought hard for four years. His name was Paul. And I was privileged to know him.paul-small

 

I set up cancer charity, It’s Good 2 Give in 2010 and we were asked to help Paul. He needed a blackberry mobile phone. I agreed to get it. Paul was delighted. I still have the smiley facetext he sent me to test out his new phone. His mum told me later how much it meant to him – he had cataracts (a side effect of one of the treatments he had endured) so he couldn’t see well but with the blackberry he was able to increase the font size and stay in touch with his friends. He used it to do this until the day before he died.

After his death his mum, Ruth, dad, Stephen and sister, decided to fundraise for us. Team Pedal 4 Paul was formed – it’s a cycling team. Paul loved to wear odd socks so one of the requirements of being in the team is to wear odd socks in his memory. In 2012 it had 67 members and last year there were 128 in the team. We’ve raised over £20,000 this way so far and the team is still growing. This year we are aiming for 200 cyclists. Read more here.

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Why?

It’s a great way to honour Paul. And the money raised is going towards our £1million fundraising target for Its Good 2 Give. It’s an ambitious figure but  we are well on our way. So what are we planning to do with all that money? Well, we’re going to build a retreat where young cancer patients and their families can spend time together. We’ve been gifted a site and we’ve applied for planning permission.

We could really use a hand and it’s easy to help. We’ve got three big fundraising events this year including a Ball with Grant Stott (our charity patron) as host and auctioneer. We thought it would be fun if we had some celebrity odd socks to auction.

Do you know any celebrities we could ask (or you could on our behalf?)

We want them to send us two of their odd socks – even better if they signed them – or (if the socks won’t allow) give us a signature on a piece of paper.

We’ll get the odd socks framed – we’re hoping to get some great publicity with our quirky idea.

Celebrity socks can make a difference! We’d love it if you could help us out.

Our own wonderful Patron, Grant Stott has secured us a pair from Allan Stewart and Andy Gray so along with his pair we will have a special Panto socks package! (it’s ok, they are all washed!)

If you know of a celebrity who might be willing to take part, please let us know and we can give you a template letter to send to them along with information on the charity – also we are keeping a spreadsheet so that celebrities only get asked once. 
If you can help please contact Shonagh on shonagh.itsgood2give@gmail.com

 

 

Team Byrne do the Inverness Half Marathon

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Guest blog post by Shonagh Byrne, our Events VA.

It’s taken me over a week to reflect on the Inverness Half Marathon I ran on the 9th of March with Danny, Avril, Lisa and David. We all ran it for Evie’s 3rd birthday. Evie should have been having a party. Instead we ran in memory of her.

 

After signing up last year for our first half marathon we knew it would be so hard for us, both physically (only ever ran 10 miles most) and mentally (even more so, you’ll read below). Deciding to make a weekend of it, we booked a Lodge on Loch Ness, to chill in before and after race day. Fab plan!

 

Awaiting the start of the race with our specially printed tops all that was running through my mind was Evie yelling at the top of her voice ‘Go…. GO!!!!’ like when we were waiting for traffic lights or stuck in a queue, she is so impatient!

 

Song one shine bright like a diamond…. Amazing start! This song gave me inspiration for how I should cross the finish line, as well as inspiration throughout my life since Evie passed.

 

6 miles in I wobble. What Would Evie Do? She’d man up! I needed someone to say keep going, it was only 6 miles in! Not even half way! Lisa reassures me and we keep running. Mile 8 I crumble. At the side of the road is a wee girl; probably 3 standing with a sign her and maybe her auntie had made who is standing with her. Keep Running Mum I Love You. Could feel tears start to fill up my eyes. That should have been Evie there, standing with her Auntie Nic.

 

Throughout the whole race, the constant thought of Evie and so many other amazing children we know, having gone through the gruesome treatment they did, my legs didn’t feel sore, tired, they just couldn’t! I cannot now complain of minor pain!

 

Finishing the 13.1 miles was amazing, Danny, Avril and I holding our hands up like diamonds in the sky for Evie. I could feel my heart beating throughout my whole body. Loads of thoughts come to me now as I type this, all the strength Evie needed to fight, how tired she was, how exhausting every movement she made was. This race was nothing and won’t bring her back but allowed me to celebrate every day of her short, short life and send her the birthday love that I wish I could give her in person. You know, that amazing, beautiful, never want to ever let you go and I promise I will protect you forever cuddle that you give your children?

 

As for the fundraising page, I can hardly read the total, as my eyes are flooded with tears! Over £4800 inc gift aid…. Thank you to each and every one of you who has donated. You are making families with kids like Evie, you are making their lives that little bit more comfier with the practical support It’s Good 2 Give can provide with the money you’ve given. Based on the personal experience of the support we received, I thank you from the bottom of my heart xxxxxxx

Inspiring family

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Tomorrow, on what should be their beautiful little girl’s 3rd birthday, Team Byrne will be running the Inverness half marathon for It’s Good 2 Give.

They started off as a team pledging to raise £1000 but their page now has over £4000 on it. Yes, you read that right! Oh, and there is still time to donate.

It says much about the esteem that Danny, Shonagh and Alfie are held in that the total is at that astonishing figure.

Personally I am very lucky to have Shonagh as part of our Business Admin team. Their loss is unimaginable but it really is important to them to remember Evie and to live their life in a way to honour her.

From the comfort of my couch tomorrow I will be thinking of them and their good friends Avril, David and Lisa running 13 miles to honour Evie.  Evie’s brother Alfie will be with them cheering them on- let’s all hope for a dry day for them.

I will be thinking of Evie too and hope you might join me.

Thank you Team Byrne and good luck tomorrow.

 

Wendy’s Pudding event!

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Sunday 6 April 2014

Wendy’s first pudding event (with cocktails!)

Mackies of Scotland are donating the ingredient costs and Wendy is  donating her time and the venue. Reeltime Bar will be supplying delightful cocktails to start the event off.

You will also have a goodie bag to take home. We plan on having five courses of pudding, including a trio of individual deserts, apple crumble, pavlova, cheesecake and make-your-own ice-cream sundaes.

To book your place contact Wendy Paterson on 07950431463 or email wendy@wendypaterson.com

Tickets £25 each

(I hope I am allowed along – you know, to tell you more about the charity and maybe get any leftovers….. ;-)

 

High Constables of Edinburgh

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Last week I was invited to meet The Moderator of the High Constables of Edinburgh and some of his colleagues.

Why?  Because they were very kindly giving us a cheque for £1000.

I always enjoy talking about all things It’s Good 2 Give and they were an appreciative audience!  Also, it was fascinating hearing more about the High Constables and their history. So much so I came home and read some about them. You can too – click here.

Meantime, here is a wee photo of me  being presented with the cheque.

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right to left
David Gilroy ( Captain Ward IX ) ,Martin McMenigall also Ward IX,Lynne McNicoll (It’s Good 2 Give) and Val Tudball ( Moderator The High Constables. Of Edinburgh ).

Lothian Bus Geeks

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Yesterday I read about two guys who planned to ride every bus route on Lothian Buses service in one day.  from Bus number 113 to bus number 1.

I tweeted them and wished them luck and hoped they might be able to get on ‘our’ bus.  We had a wee bit chat back and forth and I asked my followers to consider following them.  Then my friends at Edinburgh Spotlight took up the mantle and gave them a mention.  And before you knew it, they had hundreds of followers.

I came onto the computer this morning with the intention of working hard on admin matters.  Truly, I did. I clicked on twitter to see how they were doing and again wished them well.  They had got off to a good start.

Oh, by the way their names are Chris and Neil.lothian bus geek

Off they went.  From bus to bus. And that is the way it has been all day.

But two buses in and their friend Peter (I like him a lot already) said why not have a fundraising page?  They said well if you want to do it go ahead.  And do it for the Lothian Buses Charity of the Year.   I was on twitter at the time (laughing at this as I have pretty much been on twitter all day) and gave Peter the link to virginmoneygiving and before you knew it they had a page.  It’s here if you want to donate!  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=LothianBusGeeks&isTeam=true

And before you could say, ‘Tickets please” they had donations.

Rolling in.

and in.

Their twitter follower numbers increased rapidly – they had journalists hopping on buses with them for interviews, doing phone interviews with radio stations and STV were trying their best to catch up with them!

It hasn’t all gone according to plan.  They missed the last 20 and 15 buses but they just changed the rules (rules they had made themselves), dusted themselves down and got on with doing what they can.  Their aim remains to get on all other buses by midnight.

As I type this at 7pm they are on the 21 bus.

How much have they raised?  Well, right now the total stands at £906 and with gift aid that is £1119.  I reckon they will do £1000 PLUS gift aid.

So, unwittingly, they have become my first team to raise £1000 this year for us.  I wanted 100 pledges of £1000 and have five individuals/teams signed up but now I have our first completed team!

Many many thanks to Neil and Chris and to Peter for offering to set up the fundraising page.

Thanks to Lothian Buses of course – and for choosing us as Charity of the Year because that is why Neil and Chris chose us today!

And huge thanks to Twitter and all the people today who donated, tweeted, supported – social media at its absolute finest.

Their twitter name –  @lothianbusgeek

ours – @itsgood2give

Lothian Buses- @on_lothianbuses

Articles so far on them

Edinburgh Spotlight
http://www.edinburghspotlight.com/2014/01/feature-the-edinburgh-bus-geek-challenge/

Edinburgh Reporter
http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2014/01/five-things-you-need-to-know-today-790/

And STV edinburgh
http://edinburgh.stv.tv/articles/259575-lothian-bus-geeks-tackle-one-day-bus-challenge-across-edinburgh/

Evening News
http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/transport/bus-challenge-pair-race-against-the-clock-1-3262204