Founded by Lynne and Ian McNicoll, It’s Good 2 Give officially came to life in April 2010. (Registered charity number SC041416)
We may be tiny, but from day one we have had huge ambitions! Our aim has always been to build, fit out and maintain a purpose-built retreat for young people and their families affected by cancer. The retreat will allow families to have a purpose-built, restful, safe place for a short break together.
In May of this year our dream will become a reality!
Meet the It’s Good 2 Give ® team
When Lynne McNicoll first began fundraising, at the age of 49, she had no idea where it was going to take her. A year later, she had raised more than £54,000 – and discovered a talent for networking and organising events on the way.
Enlisting the help of the East of Scotland community, Lynne raised over £650,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust over the next four years. This helped to fund facilities especially designed for young people in Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children. She also earned the title of Institute of Fundraising Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Scotland 2009.
and by their families. It’s Good 2 Give was started to support those young
cancer patients, and those who put their lives on hold to care for their
child, grandchild or sibling.
Setting a challenging initial target of £1.5 million for her growing army
of energetic volunteers, Lynne never doubted that the ever-proven
generosity of her supporters in Scotland would prove that it is good to give…
and also that by doing so you can make a huge difference.
Lynne is now Chair and Director of Fundraising for the charity. In 2014
she was given the Sir William Y Darling Award for Good Citizenship
by the City of Edinburgh Council and in June 2015 was given the Local Hero award
for Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015
she received an OBE for services to children’s charities in Scotland.
If you would like to contact Lynne email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 07901 555 352
Grant Stott, Cathy Cassidy and Tonya Macari have worked with It’s Good 2 Give since Spring 2010. They make a huge contribution to our work, helping with events, publicising our activities and generally giving us their support.
Another supporter is writer Sara Sheridan, who spends a lot of time raising the profile of It’s Good 2 Give. Similarly, our Ambassadors put in a huge amount of time for us – speaking at events, and raising our profile throughout Scotland.
Our trustees bring a wide range of skills and experience, including financial, legal, event management, administration, nursing, personnel and project management. Many are or have been Directors of their own companies.
Lynne McNicoll OBE MInstF
Kae Tinto Murray
We are proud to have a team of amazing Young Ambassadors – young people who support us by helping with events, and promoting the charity at their schools or universities and on social media.
What we do
It’s Good 2 Give offers practical support to young people with cancer and their families.
On a day-to-day basis It’s Good 2 Give provides support of another kind – anything that can make the lives of those impacted by cancer in any way easier: whether that’s a parents pack, a workshop, or nutritional snacks, we’ll try to find a way to make it happen.
Some of the things we do are:
Parents’ and Patients’ Packs
All the essentials plus a bit more for the unexpected or lengthy stay in hospital.
Nutritional Snacks for patients in Ward 2 at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and their parents
Nuts, fruit, smoothies, ice-cream, cheese and biscuits: parents and patients need their energy at this hard time.
“Thank you for providing the treats ……Good nutrition is really important for children undergoing treatment for cancer and plays an important role in keeping up their strength and immunity to fight infections”
Fun workshops that also give the young cancer patients a chance to try a new skill – from rock climbing to confidence building, fascinator making to learning to play golf! Click here to find out more.
We’ve recently added a new service for parents whose child is currently in hospital having treatment. We can give them up to four ironing vouchers per family – a very much appreciated service as you can imagine.
Requests from professional staff
We respond quickly to requests from professional staff – eg we have provided 50% deposit on a motability car to allow a young man independence, provided laptops to let young people continue with their studies and keep in touch with friends and family while in hospital. Small items like ‘dongles’ for internet access make a big difference too! There are too many to list here but if you’d like to know more, do get in touch.
How do we do it?
We host a range of fundraisers throughout the year, and encourage people to hold their own. We’re little and local – and we aim to get the community as involved as possible. Last year, we’ve had successful ‘Blingo’ Afternoon Teas, a fabulous fashion show, pedalled 4 Scotland – the list could go on…
Anyone can give! We are volunteer led – Lynne works full time on a voluntary basis running the charity. We have twelve trustees and dozens of volunteers, who help at events whenever they can. We also have some wonderful figureheads. (See the Meet The Team section above.)
How can I volunteer?
It’s Good 2 Give work on the basis that everyone can give. It doesn’t have to be money – you could give your time – or even your good idea. One very important thing you can give is blood. Cancer patients can need huge amounts of blood: it’s free, quick and – honestly! – not painful.
It’s Good 2 Give want to take the duty out of giving, to make it a fun and memorable part of everyday life. Come along to one of our events and find out! We’d love it if you organised one of your own – get in touch with us if you would like a fundraising registration form.