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



The Fit Festival

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Great news for us and an offer for you.

Chosen as the charity partner for this year’s Fit Festival at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on 18 and 19 October we have a special code just for you if you are booking tickets.

quote itsgood2give in the promo box and you will get 20% discount off your ticket price.

We are looking forward to being part of this festival and will have a team at it promoting our physical challenges.

Arctic Trek

Pedal 4 Paul

Kiltwalk 2015

Runs and other walks

hope to see you there.

It’s Good 2 Give Fashion Show 2014

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What?    It’s Good 2 Give Fashion Show

When?     Sunday 5 October 2014

Where?   The Tom Fleming Centre for the Performing Arts, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh

Time?     4-6pm with a pop up shopping experience in the interval

Cost?       £7 per person – includes a programme – there are also a limited number of VIP tickets at £15 each – these are for front two rows and include a goody bag and programme

After a sabbatical last year because we had a trek up the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, our very special Fashion Show return.

Our models deserve a huge audience and we are aiming for a sellout. 450 guests please!

The models are young cancer patients, their siblings and parents and the professional staff who support them.

Local independent boutiques loan their clothes, hats, styling and services. Already ‘signed up’ are Simply Bridesmaids, SXP designs, Kakao by K, Andiamo, 21st century kilts

We are incredibly grateful to Charlie and Jason Miller for their support -once again they are our hairstylists to our star models.

Tickets can only be bought online – link to the page is here.


Christmas Bag packing

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We have a fabulous bagpacking team in Steven and Ruth Davies – they secured one of the best dates of the year for bagpacking – Sunday 22 December!

Marks and Spencer at the Gyle was mobbed with shoppers getting ready for christmas and our team did incredibly well.

Assisted by Shonagh Byrne, Ruth pulled together a 20+team of packers – looking super professional in our new tabards they wowed the shoppers obviously.

I say obviously because they raised over £1800 in just under 6hours.   Absolutely fantastic.

Well done to the team and thanks also to our friend John Macauley for coming along to help with some of the pupils from Forrester High School.


Our first event of the year

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2014 certainly started with a splash!

A cold one for Angela Hamilton Geraghty.  She took the plunge and was one of (I believe) 1100 brave souls who ran into the River Forth at South Queensferry and if not swam in the sea, she certainly ‘dunked’ herself!  Called the Loony Dook, this challenge is a very cold wet one.

Ian and I went along to cheer her on – I had no idea of the popularity of this mad challenge and we were surprised to find ourselves not being allowed to drive into South Queensferry and having to park almost in Dalmeny.  Just as well we had wrapped up warm as it was a cold day – bright though and not tipping it down with rain as it had been for many days prior.

As we walked into the High Street though I wondered how on earth we were going to find Angela – there were penguins, giraffes, lions, ballerinas and all manner of dressed up people.  We got lucky and spotted her in a mini kilt near the front of the group.  Angela suggested we go to Orocco Pier and out onto their balcony to get a good view and that’s what we did.  I am still astonished that there is one photo of her in the water – once everyone started to run in there was little chance of finding anyone in particular (well ok apart from the guy who had an inflatable dinosaur on his head).

As we warmed  up with tea, Angela joined us – she had changed into warm dry clothing – astonishingly she said it was ok – the only things still to warm up were her feet.

She raised nearly £300 for us and was our very first fundraiser of 2014 – what a great start to the year.

Thanks, Angela!

Looking forward to 2014

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I’m so pleased with all we achieved in 2013 – raising over £300,000 in one year is phenomenal. Thank you for your part in that achievement.

But here’s the thing – we need to do it again in 2014!

Lothian Buses outing - taking a group on the Horrible Histories Bus and meeting author Terry Deary

Why?  Because we have been gifted land and aim to build our Retreat on it during 2014.  A Retreat that young cancer patients and their families will be able to use, to spend time together.  In addition to building the Retreat we will continue with our other practical support to families – providing snacks to the wards at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and at The Western General Hospital for patients and parents (and that includes treats for Christmas and New Year’s day – we were very proud to provide lovely buffets for both those days), organising monthly workshops, providing parent packs for those parents staying in hospital with their child, and giving help with ironing.  We have also this year been able to help two families with some garden maintenance.

That’s why I need your help again.


Sometimes it is fun to have a theme for your year and because this year is the year that the Commonwealth Games return to Scotland we are making it the Year of Fitness for It’s Good 2 Give.

Our signature events will still be on the agenda but we will have lots of fitness events too.

A couple of months ago Balanced Physiotherapy took us on as Charity of the Year and last week the Scotsman Spa did too.  What great opportunities await us!

Let’s see what we have planned so far


  • Mid-February will see the start of an 8 week Pilates course with Iain Dunn (time and dates to be confirmed but mid-morning and weekday likely for this first course)
  • If there is enough demand for it we will also organise an 8 week yoga coursethe lovely Andy Finlay from Lothian Buses who organised their 64 cyclists
  • again if enough demand (we would want at least 6 participants) we will organise an 8 week nutrition workshop on healthy eating – for the 8 week block cost would be £180 per person – these would be held on a Friday afternoon in Stockbridge.
  • we’ll be starting a Walking group at the end of February too – limited number of participants and walks will vary – joining the group will cost £100 per person per year and for your membership you will also receive monthly offers
  • Mid-May we will host our first ever 5km run/walk – round Heriot-Watt grounds at Riccarton- this run will be for all ages
  • This year our late summer Pedal 4 Paul bike ride will take place on Sunday 24 August and  be just for us – it will start and end at Musselburgh Race Course and we’ll cycle round East Lothian. There will be three categories of ride (full information very soon)
  • and another first for us – we are going to host a 5 a side football tournament at Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton.  Very early days for plans but we will be publicising them in January.  (and it’s inside so not weather dependant!)


In addition we’ve got

Our signature events

Trustees Susan and Lynne at Spring Blingo

Trustees Susan and Lynne at Spring Blingo

  • Spring Blingo  15 May at the Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh- sold out but we do operate a waiting list so get in touch if you want to come.
  • If I get an Event Patron and a good bit of help I might organise a cycling themed mini-fashion show in June during the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
  • Our very special Fashion Show returns after a year off  – 5 October at Erskine Stewart’s Melville School, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh
  • Our 3rd Ball at the Sheraton Grand, 15 November hosted by the one and only Grant Stott – tables of ten £650
  • Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Caledonian- a Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Sunday 14 December – already 50% sold – it really is a fabulous festive event and great value as all our events are – for £30 you get luxurious and festive afternoon tea with a glass of Prosecco.


Challenges for 2014

I reckon we can get 100 individuals/schools/businesses to pledge to raise £1000 each for us during the year – doesn’t have to be all in one go and could be more! Already Angela Hamilton Geraghty, Susan Stewart and Marlyn Minto have signed up to this challenge.  So I only need to find 97 more.

  • Join our Givers Club – we have a handful of regular givers and would love to have 50 by end of 2014 – from as little as £5 per month you can really make a difference.
  • IMG_8940Doesn’t always have to be on the grand scale – Take one Smartie tube (giving away the smarties or putting them in a big jar and turning them into a challenge of their own – guess the number of smarties in the jar) and fill the empty tube with 20p pieces – started two years ago by Ali and Carol of Curves gyms, Edinburgh with stunning success and taken up by the occasional supporter we are bringing it back big time for 2014




One of our collecting boxes filled with coppers

  •       Save pennies in one of our collecting boxes – my dad did just that and packed it with coppers – when we emptied it there was over £10 in it. Result!
  • Pound pics – a great one for adults and children alike.  We have postcards that you fill in your details on one side and on the blank side do us a drawing that includes a £1 coin. Masterton Primary School in Dunfermline took on the challenge and raised £98 – could be a fun fundraiser at schools, nurseries, brownies/cubs/guides/scout groups – every quarter we will choose the best in different categories (age – up to 5, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16 and adult) and give a book prize.
  • One of the requirements for taking part in Pedal 4 Paul is to wear odd socks – an endearing habit of Paul’s.  What to do with the other pair of odd socks?  Fill them with coins over the year and make that part of your fundraising for the bike ride!

Easy fundraising

If you are spring cleaning and come across – old jewellery and that includes costume jewellery or broken gold chains or earrings, reasonable condition clothes and shoes, printer cartridges, old mobile phones, CD’s, DVD’s please give them to us – we can get money for themIMG_2278

Shop online?  Consider doing so via Give as You Live and once signed up to raise funds for us you will never notice doing anything – I’ve raised £138 in two years.


Return of the Wishing Tree

Our first tree in 2011 was in St Andrew Square gardens – it was bitterly cold, not busy and we still did very well.  However I think a new strategy is needed and I would like to see us doing a Wishing Tree in 2014 – what is it, do I hear some of you ask?  It is a tree that we hang tags from – tags that have messages of hope, love, optimism on them and the people who write the messages make a donation to It’s Good 2 Give.  We need to find a new (warmer) spot this year – ideas gratefully received!

I think we have got something for everyone there – if anything interests you or you could help us with publicising events or organise one yourself for us do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

All that is left is for me to wish you a happy and healthy 2014



Review of 2013

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Every year has highs and lows and 2013 was no different.

I am going to stick with telling you about the highs!  And one of them was very high indeed – the tallest freestanding mountain in the world – and we climbed it.  31 intrepid folk raised over £120,000 for It’s Good 2 Give and 24 of them got to the top. While I was one of the 7 who didn’t get that high I am incredibly proud of what I achieved both in terms of fundraising, looking after the group before the trek and ‘trekking’ up That Hill.  Because you see, I did my best.  What more can you ask?

The best way to tell a story about a year is with pictures.  I actually could still give you hundreds more such was the community spirit of our fundraising – I have collected dozens of cheques from all kinds of fundraisers, met some amazing folk, got us a bus (Oh yes, if you know me, you know how I love ‘our’ bus), organised 12 major events (even I couldn’t do that again!) attended dozens more – we have a superb team of Patrons, Trustees, Ambassadors, volunteers and supporters all working hard to help us get to that £1m!

This year we have raised over £300,000 and been gifted a piece of land on which to build our Retreat

Thanks again to you all for supporting us – please watch this space for news of 2014 events.




Christmas Afternoon Tea 2014

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What?    Christmas Afternoon Tea

When?     Sunday 14 December 2014

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

Time?     2-4pm with a pop up shopping experience between 1 and 2pm

Cost?       £30 per person


our special afternoon tea event returns – shopping, choirs, fabulous amazing afternoon tea and a glass of something sparking. what’s not to like?
Price has gone up for us this year but we are keeping it at £30 pp for you which is a real bargain.

Book your table now…….

Reservations taken now with a table booking fee of 50% (non refundable)

Email us if you want to go on the waiting list.

Curves fashion show

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I apologise well in advance. My photos are terrible!

I used my phone and they just aren’t good photos.  I am showing you them anyway because I want you to get the flavour of last night.

Official photos will be available soon.

Anyone been to the Curves gym in Hamilton Place, Stockbridge?  It’s a nice space and normally got gym equipment and mats so I was astonished by how they transformed it into a mini catwalk and seating area for around 60 guests. Carol Harris, whose gym it is, is a bundle of energy and warmth.   When I arrived, Carol was calm and ready for the show to begin.  Truly she should have been modelling.  Showing the models how to strut their stuff and encouraging the four guys who had come along to model but didn’t even know what they were modelling. I believe they are footballers from the Spartans team.  Good on you, guys – you did great.

Clothes from our good friend Karina at Kakao by K in Thistle Street, and from Worn Once (met Karen  a year or so ago because I used her services to sell my ball gown. It’s a fab idea – split is 50/50) and Vivaldi at Bruntsfield. I don’t know this store so well but will be visiting it now. and of course, Kilts and jackets from 21st Century Kilts.

The seats were all soon taken and guests had a wee glass of something sparkling.  Shonagh (part of Team It’s Good 2 Give) and I had hoped to be able to help but they had everything in hand so we sat and watched the show.  The models are all members of the gym and one lady had lost 4stone in weight.  She looked amazing and certainly enjoyed her moment on the catwalk. I think Shonagh marked off lots of clothes for putting on her wish list.  They really all had gorgeous outfits on and did themselves proud.

The evening ended with a fabulous raffle – top prize being a night’s stay at the Scotsman hotel!

The good photos from the night will be around soon and they were taken by Adrian Carr – was so nice to bump into him again – he had seen on Facebook that I was looking for a photographer and offered his services.

I probably get boring saying that this is community fundraising at its best but it is!

Thoroughly enjoyed my evening.

Well done all at Curves, stockbridge.