Our summer fundraising event is returning to The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich on the 19th of August.
As always, we’ll be offering a fun, family friendly atmosphere, with live music through out the day and night, along with food and much more.
Once again, we’ll be raising funds to provide therapy through music for local children with life changing illness, injury or diagnosis. Your money can really help make a difference.
From midday to 5pm, it will be the family fun day with acoustic music from Paolo Morena, T@9, Bill Pipe, Lewis Pratt, Hackett 2 Death, James Morgan, Fanny Adams and Johnny Skeates. Along with raffles, cake stall, a bouncy castle, arts/crafts, games, our famous rain gutter regatta and more!
Then from 7pm till late, it will be our punk party with the Special Duties, Red Flag 77, Waxies Dargle + a special guest. There will also be some more raffles and games!
We look forward to seeing you there, just be sure to spread the news!
Everybody who has ever worked, performed or socialised with Kev Moore (Froggai) knows that it would take something incredible for him to add running to his busy schedule. Turns out that thing is Krissy & Friends Foundation.
He has done the ground work, trained, jogged and other stuff runners do, keeping it all under wraps and now the countdown starts!
Next Sunday (23rd April), Kev will run the London Marathon, yes the real one, and despite keeping it quiet he has been sighted running the streets of Ipswich, Kesgrave, Felixstowe and beyond in preparation.
If you see him out running don’t hesitate to give him a wave and let us know – preferably with a picture – we need proof!!!
And the brilliant Colin Russell is back at it again too – as he’ll also be running on the big day.
More importantly please donate some money to help provide therapy though music to local children, as any little amount of money you can offer adds up to a lot and will help so many young people of East Anglia and that’s what all the effort is for.
Rob Buttigieg is running the Great South Run on 23rd October 2016 for Krissy & Friends Foundation!
We are over the moon that he has chosen to support us whilst he undertakes this challenge. If anyone knows Rob you’ll be aware that this is a truly big task he has undertaken. What an absolute star, thank you so much Rob.
“Hello! As you know I am a firm believer that cars were invented to prevent things like people running about. However, those that know me will also understand the lure of a stupid fancy dress costume, with that in mind I am raising money for the wonderful Krissy and Friends Foundation. This is an excellent charity making a real difference in their community and I am proud to be able to help them in any way I can. Even if it does mean dressing up like an idiot and running about for 10 miles.”
When we started this charity we aimed to change the lives of young people through music. Who knew we could influence our friends to run around in silly costumes for us! We believe that Robs life has changed, we were all moved and inspired by the Krissy and Friends Marathon runners but Rob has embraced the inner athlete, taken to the streets and made a difference to the lives of others. He has smashed his £100 target raising a whopping £146 with gift aid. We are proud to call him our friend and know the monies raised will be put to good use. Thank you Rob on behalf of the young people and their families who will benefit from your hard work.
An update has been long overdue, so incase you hadn’t seen or heard already the hotly contested music quiz is bigger and better than ever this year, with more pubs, more fun and bigger bragging rights!
But don’t panic if you’re not very good, that’s okay, because it’s all for charity!
This year’s Multi Pub Music Quiz takes place on Thursday the 29th of September at 7pm.
We ask simply that there are no more than 4 in a team, and that you donate £10 per team (which is a mere £2.50 per person!).
This year, the pubs involved are as follows: –
Duke of York (Ipswich)
The Steamboat Tavern (Ipswich)
The Greyhound (Claydon)
Briarbank Brewery (Ipswich)
The Shamrock (Ipswich)
The Mulberry Tree (Ipswich)
The Dove (Ipswich)
The Kesgrave Bell (Kesgrave)
And here is our poster (click to enlarge):
Feel free to share it in your pub or with your friends!
We hope you are ready to get quizzical! Will we see you there? Who will become our 2016 champion? We can’t wait!
This time last week, we would have just about recovered from the mania (and hangovers!)of our 2016 Summer Fundraiser.
We’re amazed it’s our third year already! Therefore, we just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out and supported us on Saturday the 23rd of July – it was great to see a mix of old and new face.
With your help we managed to raise a whopping, just over £1,600! That’s such a brilliant figure and will go such a long way to supporting young people of East Anglia through music therapy.
We have just updated our Gallery over on our Facebook page (we are still looking into fixing our Website Gallery, so stay tuned for that update in the future) – and we want to also say a big thank you to the brilliant Rob Buttigieg, who posed as Photographer for the day, catching some cracking shots for us. (Were you there? You might have been snapped… feel free to tag yourself, share and let us know if you have!)
As always, another big thank you to The Steamboat Tavern for being great hosts.
A round of applause for the fabulous acts that entertained us through-out the day, whether you stepped up to the open mic in the day, or you were one of rocking evening bands. We loved you all!
Also, to the whole of team Krissy & Friends and the volunteers who all pulled their weight in making this lovely event happen.
Finally, thank you again to you all, because if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t be able to provide music therapy to those that need it. We really appreciate your support, and hope to see you again soon!
The Krissy & Friends and Steamboat Tavern Raingutter Regatta boat race is back again for it’s second year as part of the Summer Fundraising Day 2016.
This event is open to everyone!
Entrants (teams or individuals) will need to create a boat (following the specifications below) – you are free to paint and decorate your boat as you chose and prizes will be awarded for design, as well as race winners. Boats can be constructed prior to the day or materials will be provided on the day. Sailboats will race along a specially adapted raingutter filled with water.
All boats and Captains must be registered by 3pm in order to participate.
Trophies will be awarded to First, Second and Third place winners of both the Race and for Design, so make and name your boat, assign your captain and RACE!
1) Boat Specifications:
No other form of propulsion besides the sail is allowed.
Length: up to 18cm (maximum).
Height: May not exceed 18cm from the top of the deck to the tip of the mast.
Sail: The sail can be made from any material, but the dimensions should not exceed 14cm high and 10cm wide.
Width: There is no official maximum or minimum width for the boat although the width of the raingutter is about 12cm wide and the boat must sit down inside the gutter in order to race.
Weight: No weight restrictions.
Decorations/Additions: Objects such as sailors, cannons, etc. may be added. All such decorations must be firmly fastened to the boat, and may not be placed in such a manner as to exceed the boat dimensions as listed above.
Bowsprits (large spars projecting forward from the stem) are prohibited in racing competition, as they extend the overall length of the boat, providing an unfair advantage.
Body: The body can be made from any materials. It may be shaped, hollowed out, or built up, as long as it meets all other specifications.
Boat must be able to carry a Krissy & Friends / Steamboat Lego mascot (these will be provided on the day) from start to finish.
Tip – a winning raingutter racer stays on an even keel, moves in a straight line, keeps the bow above water and does not drag.
2) Inspection and Registration:
Before the race begins, all participating “Captains” must check-in with their boats. Here are the pre-race check-in details:
Before a boat may compete in the regatta, it is subject to a technical inspection by the Raingutter Regatta Commodore, to verify that it meets the prescribed specifications (see 1) Boat Specifications above for details). If a problem is noted, the Captain may be asked to correct it before the boat is registered.
When the boat passes inspection, it is then registered along with the boat name and the Captain’s name.
Registration cutoff will be no later than 30 minutes before race start time for all participants. Boats that have not registered by the cutoff deadline (3pm) will not race, so plan to arrive early enough to get your boat registered.
3) Race Procedure:
Every race has to have rules, and ours is no exception. Here’s what to expect:
Power: No motors, paddles, or other devices allowed. An unattached straw to help direct wind at the sail is allowed, but only the captain can provide the wind.
Each race heat will involve two equal lengths of raingutter (approximately 3 metres long) filled with water.
The race heat begins once the official starter has placed the competing boats against the back wall of the gutter and commands the boats to “GO!”
Pushing the boat forward is NOT allowed while righting a capsized or stuck boat by hand. Pushing may result in disqualification.
The first boat to reach the finish line (the opposite end of the gutter) is the winner of that heat. The finish line official(s) will have the final and only say in determining the winner. In the unlikely event of a tie, the heat will be rerun.
The race will be run as a double elimination format, with the winners of each heat advancing until the third, second, and first place winners are determined for each rank.
First, Second, and Third Places will be awarded either Design or Racing awards.
Ungentlemanly or unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant or spectator may be grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or the race area.
Hope you’ve got your thinking caps on – see you on the big day!
We are now in our third year of our Summer Fundraising Day, and we want to see you there again!
On the 23rd July, the Krissy And Friends Annual Summer Fundraising Day will return to the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich.
As you probably already know by now, we provide music therapy for children in Suffolk with life changing illness and injury. And we’ve just launched our referral applications!
But back to the event…
First up we have the FAMILY FUN DAY from 12pm-6pm, where we will have family friendly activities from a bouncy castle, raffles, stalls, cake and bake sale, a bouncy castle, acoustic music and much more!
However, possibly our favourite part of the day is the 2nd annual raingutter regatta and boat building – which you can read about in full here.
Then we’ll follow it up in the evening with LIVE MUSIC from 7pm till late, where we will host some of Suffolk’s best bands for a mere £5 entry.
The line-up of which so far includes:
The brilliant three-piece Denial Twist, a garage rock band from Ippo and Colchester, that claim to be influenced by red wine, The White Stripes, Nirvana and Katy Perry!
The Dreggs, who started out as a laugh between the three of them (or really, an excuse for more Les Dawson moments from Kev, drumstick throwing from Rayna and falling over from Seamus), but will now be aired to the public! As as the three of them claim they “can’t sing for toffee”, they’ve managed to bribe/beg/threaten a number of guest vocalists to join them and among them shall be their shipmates from East Town Pirates for a couple of never played live before, new ETP songs.
The evening will then end with Smart Alex,who are a veritable supergroup of East Anglian punksters. Their set is full of frenetic old school Adicts and Sustained tunes from way back when.
Plus if you want to be sure you don’t miss this entertaining evening of fabulous music with a dash of chaos, please contact us for tickets or head over to Steamboat Tavern or Out Of Time Records to pick some up.
Feel free to spread the word, join the Facebook event, invite your friends and family, and we hope to see you there on the big day!
As you should know, we had two wonderful people, Clare and Colin, run the London Marathon for us on the 24th of April.
You may have even been following their progress on our Facebook page, but if not… here’s the final summary for you.
First off, we just want to say we cannot thank Colin and Clare enough for their gruelling day. They both finished the marathon and have, at last count, raised approximately £2,000.
We are in the stages of launching our referral process and this money will go a LONG way to supporting many young people and their families. Well done to you both… You are nothing short of amazing!
Clare (aka “Duch … the London Marathon Finisher!”) said earlier this week:
“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster! My legs are finally talking to me again, on Monday morning I had to literally crawl to the bathroom as I just couldn’t walk!
Sooo… I only went and blinkin’ did it!
I just want to say thank you so much for coming down to support me, those that did, because I honestly don’t think I would have been able to carry on after mile 18… I wasn’t in the best of places and coming round the corner and seeing a bunch of you there was just brilliant.
I’ve had a few people point out that the page was still open for donations, so have seen quite a few more donations come through. I can’t believe how much we’ve been able to raise for you though!
I hope we have raised enough for you guys to be able to carry on the great work you are already doing to help the kiddies and their families.
Off now to get a pedicure done to thank my tootsies for getting me round without any blisters or losing any toenails!”