April showers

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What a difference sunshine makes, doesn’t it?

The past ten days we have been so fortunate with the weather and almost took it for granted.  This morning is more like an early spring day!  Showers and drizzle and a bit chilly.  Ah well, it will make me knuckle down and get going on the huge mountain of paperwork here in the office.  Perhaps.

I’ve got an exciting week ahead – starting in just 20minutes time.   I am visiting Curves gym at Barnton to collect wonderful donations for our healthy snacks scheme.  Then off to Hard Rock Cafe in George Street to meet Lesley Ross to chat about the upcoming Rock and Roll marathon – no, I am not taking part.  I am cheering on our runners and have a space in the Hard Rock Tent (good news considering the possible weather!).  Later today I have a meeting to discuss forthcoming afternoon tea events at the Caledonian Hotel soon to become a Waldorf hotel (oooh.)

I love Tuesdays – always spent in our home office with volunteers.  The amazing young ambassadors – Michaela Waddell and Ailsa Macgregor – will be working away on the fashion show and this year’s planned workshops.   Ann, Marlyn, Susan and I will be packing 30 parent and patient packs in readiness for delivery to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.  Multi-tasking as ever we will also be planning our next two events – the Elephant Drive and Blingo.

Wednesday I am off to Police HQ to be given a lovely cheque from monies raised at their Ball in January.

In between all of that we have meetings at the Sheraton, with STV local, and individual donors.

I’d like to see the sun return soon but meantime I will make the most of the inside time!


Elephant Drive

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What?   Elephant Drive

Where?  Craigie’s Farm Shop and Deli, South Queensferry 

When? friday 27 April 2012

Time?   7pm -9.30pm

Cost?   £10 per person

Dress Code – casual!

Anyone remember going to a Beetle Drive? well this is similar but its an Elephant Drive because our Kilimanjaro Trek mascot is an elephant, Ellie.
As you know, we like organising fun events so do come along and join the fun. this event is for all the family! anyone can play – it’s very easy – honest!

guests will be seated at tables of 4, 6 or 8

There will be no moving about as sometimes happens at Beetle Drives – once guests are seated in their groups they will stay there – less disruption.

Tickets are priced at £10 each and include 4 games and food.
There will be sandwiches, sausages on rolls, mini pizzas, oatcakes, cheese and pates. Mini icecream tubs for all and mini cupcakes. Squash will also be provided free.

Other drinks can be purchased on the night.

We will have a tombola – £1 for 3 tix.

There will be prizes for best drawn elephant (that rules me out then)

highest scoring team and of course a booby prize for lowest scoring team

Fabulous raffle

To get your tickets email lynne by clicking here

Wishing Trees in Edinburgh

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What?     It’s Good 2 Give Wishing Trees

Where?   St Andrew Square Gardens, Edinburgh
Craigie’s Farm Shop and Deli, South Queensferry
Zest health and beauty salons, Haddington place and The Braids, Edinburgh

When?   Saturday 10 to Sunday 25 December 2011

Cost?      A donation of £1 or £2 appreciated per message

how to do it  Donate via our virginmoneygiving page and write a message – we will then rewrite the message onto one of our tags and hang it from our trees – and post a photo online so you can see it!

Want to celebrate christmas by putting a message for loved ones or a wish (one lady has wished for a kind, handsome man, many of course are wishing for health and happiness in 2012 but you can wish for anything you like) onto one of our tags and we will add them to our three trees in St Andrew Square gardens.  We have named these three trees Faith, Hope and Charity for the next two weeks!

We also have wishing trees inside Craigie’s Farm shop and Zest salons so feel free to pop along to them and add a tag to their trees.

Perhaps your business, school, university might consider taking some of our tags and asking staff to participate – please get in touch and we will gladly deliver some tags and a collecting box to you.

Our volunteers will be in the gardens (weather permitting ) most lunchtimes and part of the day at weekends starting on Saturday 10 December.

Here are a small selection of those already written

our very first wishing tree tag

a tiny selection of the first of our wishing tree tags


The Opticians at Marchmont

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Great news, another business has taken us on as Charity of the Year.  The Opticians at Marchmont.  Very close to the Sick Kids actually.  Steven, one of the partners is very keen to help us and we had a good chat about all our options.  I see some very nice prizes coming for the fashion show and the Ball!  And some of our models will be sporting some of his very fine specs and sunnies at our November fashion show (tickets selling well – get yours soon)

Watch this space for news of an event we plan to hold there in the winter.

And thanks to Steven Hislop and the team at the Opticians at Marchmont for their support – we really appreciate it.

guest blog spot from Becky Hearne

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Please welcome our guest blogger for today – the lovely and talented Rebecca Hearne (if you are on twitter you can follow her here)


I have lived in Edinburgh, off and on, for nine years now, but I have to confess I’ve rarely gotten involved in Edinburgh events outside of university, or the book trade (in which I now work). I am also lucky enough never to have had a close family member affected by cancer. It’s Good 2 Give has become important to me, though, for a few reasons:


1) I get to feel that I am, in a small way, contributing to Edinburgh’s community in a way that I haven’t done before. I love the fact that It’s Good 2 Give does both little and big things, from snacks and phone chargers, to fundraising for its long-term goal of building a respite house. I love that Lynne has decided on those goals because she has asked cancer patients and their families what they need: she’s not just swooping in, deciding what’s best for everyone, she’s responding to them. I love that every penny donated goes to an It’s Good 2 Give project, not admin costs.


2) Lynne tries to match tasks with the volunteer’s skills. I have been doing writing, editing and design for It’s Good 2 Give, because that’s what I enjoy and that’s what I’m best at. I really appreciate she hasn’t asked me to help at a Fashion Show, for example, because my sense of balance is…not good, and I can’t do anyone’s make up apart from my own. (See: the time I accidently tripped over a pregnant woman, and when I lent a friend foundation that was not her colour.)


3) It’s Good 2 Give has events that are fun! I have been to a Blingo evening, and not only did I have a scrumptious meal and drink a lot of bubbly, but I met some lovely people, and learnt about some wonderful independent designers and shops. (I also learnt that I am terrible at bingo, but I’ll concede that’s probably not Lynne’s fault….) The best part was that I was enjoying myself, whilst helping to raise money for something I believe is important.


I’m very aware that I’m writing this at the end of a simultaneously horrifying and hopeful week in this country. Horrifying for obvious reasons, but hopeful because a lot of people, myself included, have realised that we are only as strong as the communities we live in. It may not be my friend or family member who’s been affected by cancer, but I live in Edinburgh, and in Scotland, just like people in the Sick Kids Hospital. It’s a great pleasure to be involved in It’s Good 2 Give –

Lynne’s infectious vision is hard to resist!


Fashion show update

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Meet three of our fashion show organising team

from left to right – Kirsty Newlands, Michaela Waddell and Ruth Marshall.

Doing a grand job this week with our plans for the show.  This photo shows them working on the programme for the show – the tickets are at the printers and will be ready during next week.  Then its down to us to sell, sell, sell and fill the Tom Fleming Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday 6 November!

Recycle 4 It’s Good 2 Give!

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Donate your empty inkjets and old mobile phones and help us raise cash.  We have envelopes to post your cartridges or mobile phones – please ask and we can post out to you or deliver.

for each inkjet cartridge we get £1  and for each mobile phone we can get up to £30 donated!  Maybe you could take some into your office or school?

Exclusions apply –

no Epson inkjets (sadly, one of the printers that It’s Good 2 Give has in its office)

no laser or toner cartridge

Car boot sales/Ebay/Gumtree

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We are beginning to accumulate ‘stuff’ donated by supporters and ourselves.    Our attic is much clearer after my visit there last weekend.  only problem now is, it’s all in the hall!  I have attempted Ebay but am not a natural at it and am very glad of the support of two parents who have kindly offered to sell items for us via Ebay and Gumtree.

If you fancy a clear out – and maybe have items for a car boot sale why not do one for us? Or give us a percentage of your takings!   If you are selling via Ebay there is the opportunity when putting your advert together, to donate a % of your final selling price to a charity and we are a recognised charity on Ebay.

One of our great supporters, Jeanette Reid, is taking all my car boot/jumbly items and selling them soon for us.  Hurray!

No doubt I will find a reason to fill the gap I have made in the attic with something else though.

Harley Davidson bikers at Hard Rock street party

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Lesley at Hard Rock Cafe must have had a few sleepless nights planning the street party – not least because the weather so far this year has been terrible.  Wonderfully though on tuesday morning sun was shining no clouds to be seen and the Hard Rock Street party to celebrate Hard Rock’s 40th birthday got off to a roaring start.  Literally.   A number of Harley Davidson bikers came along to offer rides at £3 a time and we got all the proceeds.   First up was Alison from Edinburgh Spotlight.  Off they roared into the distance.  George took her round Holyrood Park.   The guys were amazing – thanks so much!  I got my photo taken sitting on the back of one of the bikes with George.  Maybe next time I might actually go for a spin on it!

They have offered to come along to another of our events to offer bike rides  – so now I am busy thinking of events to invite them to!

As if that wasn’t enough I also met two staff from Benefit – fantastic make up and they have offered to do a make up workshop in advance of our fashion show for our young models.   Absolutely fantastic – off to look at the diary for dates…..

Thanks to lesley for the intros.

What do you think of this cake then?   absolutely amazing and I understand very tasty – I wasn’t there when they cut the cake so didn’t get a taste.