CHILDREN’S CANCER FUNDRAISER AND FOUNDER OF ITS GOOD 2 GIVE EARNS QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOUR
The founder of an Edinburgh-based charity which has raised over £1 million to support children with cancer and their families has been appointed OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.
Lynne McNicoll, chair and founder of It’s Good 2 Give, receives the honour following a decade of voluntary fundraising which inspired her to launch her own charity, It’s Good 2 Give, 5 years ago.
Despite her own breast cancer diagnosis earlier this year, Lynne has worked tirelessly raising money for the charity by recruiting an army of volunteers. She is now turning her attention to building The Ripple Retreat, a new luxury respite home on the banks of Loch Venachar.
The news comes after achieving accolades including the Scottish Institute of Fundraising Volunteer Fundraiser of the year and the City of Edinburgh Council William Y Darling Award for Good Citizenship in October 2014. Reacting to the news, Lynne McNicoll commented;
“I am astonished to receive this sort of recognition; it’s a tremendous honour. I lead a unique team of volunteers, including our trustees, who have supported so many families through their cancer ordeal.
“I’m delighted to accept an OBE at this very special time in the life of our charity. It is a sad reality that some 160,000 children in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year. Families are quickly thrown into despair dealing with the news and then can completely breakdown when children, some as young as two, have to endure chemotherapy.
“These courageous children and their families deserve every good fortune in their lives going forward. Our gift to them will be to a short break at our Ripple Retreat. This will be a magnificent legacy for the charity, our generous supporters, and the families we have been proud to help at a difficult time in their lives.”
Forty families are expected to use the retreat every year for short breaks of up to seven nights each when the building is ready for residents at the beginning of 2016.
To donate to the Ripple Retreat, please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/RippleRetreat.
It’s Good 2 Give spent its early years running a healthy snack round in the Oncology ward of the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh but McNicoll quickly extended the services offered to include workshops, mentoring, housework help and requests for practical support.
She captured the imagination of businesses and key influencers with her unwavering dedication, recruiting celebrities such as Peter Capaldi, Lynsey Sharp and Grant Stott to support her as patrons. Her busy calendar of fundraising events ranges from large to small and the charity has also been appointed as Charity of the Year by leading businesses such as Lothian Buses, Hard Rock Cafe, Edinburgh, St Andrews University Fashion Show 2015 and the Walker Group. The building of Ripple Retreat takes the charity’s ambition to a new level.
The property has been designed on a pro bono basis to exceptional standards by award winning international architect, Tony Kettle and its design has been selected for its outstanding architecture featuring in the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition. Building work will commence this summer creating a peaceful relaxing space in a tranquil lochside setting on a generous plot of land within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which was gifted to the charity by a local landowner.
The three bedroomed 260m2 home will be modern and sleek. It will have all the comforts of home with toys, books, games and activities. The house will also benefit from fishing rights on the loch, is next to a national cycle path and is ten minutes from Callander.