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Our wonderful friends at Scottish Golf Gallery have once again made us the fantastic donation of these stunning calendars.

Two designs – Golf scenes and Scottish scenery

Golf scenes are sold out already!

We were given more of the scottish scenery calendars – the photos are by Donald Ford and are gorgeous.

Wall size  £8 each or 3 for £20

desktop (in a CD case)  £5 each or 3 for £12

call or email to order yours.


Fabulous, amazing Friday part 2

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So I scooted straight from Craigie’s Farm afternoon tea into town to go to the Battle of the Bands event at the Liquid Rooms in Victoria Street, Edinburgh.

This was an event organised and run by Scottish Widows Investment Partnership staff in Edinburgh.  They have been doing this event for a few years and chose us this year as one of the two benefitting charities.   Tremendous event – eight bands battling it out for top spot.

The bands were

The M8s

The Resistors

The Signals

The New Schmoo

Havana Rising

Skinny Rhino

The Satellites and

Echo Arcadia who won!

I was very happy to be on door duty all evening taking tickets, selling tickets and stamping hands!  Team It’s Good 2 Give on Friday consisted of me, Young Ambassadors Hannah McPherson, Michaela Waddell and Laura Gibson and new volunteers Melissa, Lisa and Alex.  They represented us very well and worked hard with the SWIP team to make the event as profitable as possible.  (photo below by Laura on her phone)

My goodness, what a superb amount of top quality raffle prizes they had too including an Ipad 2.

Currently it is looking likely that they have raised around £4ooo for us.

What a fantastic day.

Thanks so much to Donald, Wendy and Lucia for their superb organisation of this event and for supporting It’s Good 2 Give and of course to the Bands and all the guests for their support too.


Lothian and Borders Police

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It’s been a tremendous week for us at It’s Good 2 Give – Felicity Keating gave us a cheque for £2000 from an event at her home in March, Curves gyms did incredible work through their food drive and collecting 20p pieces and Lothian and Borders Police raised £2700 at their annual Ball in January.

I had the pleasure of meeting Laura Comerford who was chief organiser together with two of her colleagues and the Depute Chief Constable Steve Allen who handed the cheque over to me.    A lovely sum of money which will actually increase as there is a fair bit of gift aid to be claimed on some of it.  I must admit to being glad when I saw the DCC arrive in his shirt sleeves – the photographer wasn’t sure if the photo was to be taken inside or outside.   The shirt sleeves confirmed to me it was an inside photo!

Really chuffed with that result and many thanks to Laura and her team and all who attended the Ball for supporting us. 

Countdown to our Inaugural Ball

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I can’t believe its coming to the end of February already!  Time certainly does fly.

As I write this is is 12 days till our inaugural Ball.   Planning it took a bit of a hit early in the year when I took time out.  Thanks must go to our Ball organising team for tremendous efforts over the past few weeks and we have pulled together over 50 raffle prizes – every one is truly fantastic.  4 awesome auction items.  and about 15 silent auction items.

Corra, the band we have engaged, have sent us the play list and its just wonderful – toe tapping, get up and dance kind of music.

We have sold out which is just so so good.  400 guests at our first Ball.  It’s good but also a huge responsibility to give them a really good evening.  We are heading to the Sheraton this evening to see the newly refurbished function suite – hope we don’t need hard hats!  Very much looking forward to seeing it. I have chosen my ballgown – its off being altered just now and hope I get it back before the weekend so I can try it on!  I think I will be doing a lot of shallow breathing on the night – not much dancing for me or I might pass out!  Its a nice fit but when you aren’t used to dresses like this it is also comic.  I wanted to get sparkly trainers – I actually hate  high heels.  I have achieved a compromise I think – very low heels.  I will let you know if I manage to keep them on all evening.

We wanted to have technology for our silent auction – Ian and I are gadget mad couple – and one of our Team did a tremendous job researching and negotiating with a couple of companies who supply that kind of technology but it was still a huge amount of money.   Instead, we are going manual but have a team of very willing and able volunteers – including trustees Hannah, Emily and Marlyn and young ambassadors Michaela, Ailsa, Laura and Elis – ready to deal with what we hope are dozens of bids.

It is important to us to raise funds on the night – we have all put so much effort into organising this event it would be a shame not to raise a nice amount of money.

But far far more important to us all is that our guests have a SUPERB evening and walk away saying, great night out we will come back to another It’s Good 2 Give event.

That’s the real goal.

Forgive me if I dash off now to work on the programme and photographing some of our prizes!