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So what happened in 2017?

We have rammed this page full of all the GREAT things that happened in 2017 / 2018.

On August 19th 2017 the Steamboat Tavern, again, kindly threw their doors open and welcomed our fantastic, annual, Summer FUNdraiser.  The whole day was jam packed with a real mix of live acoustic music from local artists, Three out of Ten; James Morgan; Johnny Skeates and Bill Pip, whilst our many wonderful volunteers held our usual, ‘unusual’ raffle.  We had clothing/merchandise and music stalls, these were scattered among beautifully laid tables, offering the most delicious home made cakes and pastries kindly donated by Shirely Westgate and Maureen Richardson.  Out on the field, all were entertained with a Bouncy Castle; Drum Workshop; Craft Area and we topped the day off with our very own Raingutter Regatta Competition.

In the evening we saw the whole place turn into a Punk Party Venue with Special Duties; Waxies Dargle and The Dreggs inspiring us to keep going through the night until the early hours of morning.

What a great day.  Thanks to everyone who made it so special including the support of local businesses donating raffle prizes.  We raised a whopping £1,477.35!  BUT, it didn’t stop there as Alexander Radcliffe nominated us to receive his winning competition prize from TPP of £2,000.

Following our fantastic annual summer event, the lovely folk at Mannings hosted a great afternoon of music and fun, raising another, brilliant £320.  All artists were acoustic and unplugged giving a lovely chilled afternoon feel, thanks to Medicine HatCopperhead ToadLewis Pratt Music; Ash Carr; Emily Gray Music. Chris Asker, and all the staff and customers of Mannings!

Wow, and that was just August!!!

While most of us in September were putting our feet up, two of our great supporters; Rob Buttigieg & Claire Regale-Day, once again put on their running shoes to raise money for KFF – we cannot thank them enough for their continued support and commitment.

Rob Buttigeig & Claire Regale-Day completing the 10k Great East Run for Krissy & Friends Foundation. Good work Guys!


Rob Buttigieg proudly wearing his medal for smashing the 10k Great East Run – and getting a PB!! Well done Rob.

November allowed us to make new friends and catch up with old ones.  From the local Council to local business we were amazed at the charity fundraising that happens on a regular basis within our community so…

A huge thank you to Ipswich Crematorium for a surprise donation of £5,000!  As part of their inclusion in the National Recycling Scheme they were able to support our work with local children.  Special thanks to Karl, Steve and all the Ipswich Borough Council Staff.  Read the full article here.  What a great scheme this is.

As some of you may know, we like nothing better than spending time with old friends too, so, armed with cheese straws and cake we were welcomed back to Best Badges with a cup of tea and a whopping £430 donation (which they raised in only a month)!

Best Badges
If you know of an organisation that could benefit from their future fundraising please contact Best Badges for more details – you can be sure of a friendly response! Thank again Team BB! 

So where have we spent your donations????

One of our proudest moments of the year was being able to award Ipswich Hospital Children’s Ward  with a fantastic piece of cutting edge interactive equipment.  Our mission here was to provide therapeutic play through music to young patients and their siblings at the most difficult time of treatments, procedures and recovery. The staff and parents were blown away by the adaptability and range of activities this system offers patients of all ages and abilities at all stages of recovery.  You can read the full article here

Ipswich Hospital Children’s Ward receive our donation of a new Omivista Interactive  projection system.

We all hope the children in our lives will never need the services of the hospital but providing the medical and educational staff with any help to improve a young patients stay is valuable, this is what makes your donations so important, thank you!

From left to right Camilla Keeble, Trustee of KFF; Keren Brooke, Hospital Play Specialist; Martin Webb, ICR Director; Ellie Griss, Mayor’’s consort; Roger Fern, Mayor of Ipswich; Ellen Farrance, Children’’s Unit Sister; Rob Buttigieg, Fundraiser; Sophie Peck, Fundraiser; and Shirley Westgate, Fundraiser.  Picture was taken at Ipswich Hospital Children’s Ward.

Another great project  within Ipswich is 4YP (4 Young People).  We had great fun in donating all the equipment a functioning band would need to this project.  4YP is a fantastic place where young people in the community can come together and make new friends, chat, receive support and learn new things.  Local business owner, James Garden of West End Music fully supported us by not only helping to deliver the equipment but giving a discount on all the items.

The picture below shows, from left to right, Tibbs from the Youth Health Project on lead vocals; James Garden from West End Music on bass; Jake on drums and Klaire Death, Trustee from Krissy and Friends Foundation on lead guitar.

4YP receive full equipment to form a band, experiment with music, or express  themselves, maybe even performing live.

We have also provided Doucecroft School with funds to purchase music resources.  Doucecroft School provides education to young people within East Anglia who have autistic spectrum conditions.  Jane Smart, Head Teacher, advised us that music plays an important role in their curriculum, it engages young people who previously may not have been able to access education successfully.  It raises self-esteem and provides enjoyment and motivates students to learn.  Below are some photos of how your donations have supported young people at this school.

We were delighted to support another local charity during 2017.  Musica have been working with, predominately, adults with learning difficulties.  However, their successful style of expression has been adapted successfully to work within local specialist schools.  They took this knowledge and, with our financial support, began a project with young people in our community.  This 6 week course saw young people coming together on a weekly basis resulting in a live music performance held at the Smokehouse in Ipswich.  It was an amazing and emotive evening with young people overcoming fears not only at learning something new, like playing a guitar or writing heart felt poetry, but being able to perform to family and friends.  Musica are currently working on a video of the evening that we cannot wait to let you all watch.  In the meantime, here is a photo of some of the young performers.

South Street Kids Project have been doing some amazing work with children in one of Ipswich’s most deprived areas.  This project noticed that the wider community of young people – especially those with mental health issues, PTSD and those suffering the effects of trauma – were not always catered for.  They have requested funding to support the costs of putting on an – open to all – Music Day Event for South Street Kids in 2018.

Kath Gosling, Chairperson of Krissy & Friends Foundation, received a very warm welcome with lots of questions and enthusiasm when making this donation.  Some great dancing was witnessed and music was used to communicate and express.  Thank you South Street Kids, we look forward to enjoying your forthcoming music day event.

South Street Kids Project get a £1,000 towards their Music Day scheduled for 2018

We cannot wait to keep you updated with things planned for 2018.  Keep looking back for more information.

Summer Fundraising Day 2017

IT’S BACK! Bigger, better and more fun than ever!

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!

See the poster for the event: 

Ladies of Saxmundham

Hello, we haven’t posted an update lately, so we’re here to share the news on our lovely afternoon with the ladies of Saxmundham!

Shirley, a long term supporter of the charity, has shaved her head, made jewellery and baked cakes on behalf of the children of East Anglia to ensure they receive therapy through music.

In addition to all her own efforts she took us to meet Janice of Cards and Celebrations in Saxmundham on Monday, who has spent the last year raising funds for Krissy and Friends, filling three collection pots to the Brim!

The total was an amazing £131.79 plus the £12 that Shirley has saved in her coppers, that’s an incredible £143.79. WOW!

In the ten years that Janice has run the shop, she and her customers have supported many charities and we are honoured that she chose our small local charity for 2016. We are very grateful to the Saxmunham community and thank them on behalf of all the families they are supporting through us. Thank you.


Super Sophie!

Teens take a lot of criticism but we see them at their best all the time!

Another young lady has shone through this week; Sophie Peck, aged 14 years, has spent her own time pampering friends and family for a small fee and has donated all the money to Krissy and Friends Foundation.


The £50 given will be used to support other young people with life changing illness, injury and diagnosis.

How lovely to witness the kindness and generosity of the young. Thank you Sophie and all those who helped her.

If you’d like to help in any way, shape or form too, please do contact us.


Christmas Cards


Before the hustle and bustle of Christmas really sets in, this could be the year you finally get ahead, and buy your Christmas cards early! There are only six more Mondays before the last Christmas postal dates, so why hesitate?

This year our cards have been adorably designed by Lexi, aged 7 and are kindly sponsored by local business Midas.


You can buy a pack of 10 cards for the bargain price of £5. The inside has been left blank for your own personal message. Each pack also contains details of how the little ones you know could be the winner of our 2017 Christmas card design competition.

We are happy to deliver for free in and around Ipswich, further afield will require additional postage and packaging costs.

The money we receive will help East Anglian children to access music based therapies, what a great gift to give.

Please contact us through Facebook or email us at to let us know how many packs you would like and the delivery address. We will then advise you on how you can pay. After this, we will make arrangements to get your cards to you ASAP!

Thank you for supporting us and best wishes to you all!

Rob’s Great South Run

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.

Please click on this link and support him to reach the finish line:

Words from Rob himself…

“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.


Multi Pub Music Quiz 2016 – RESULTS

A huge thank you to all the venues & attendees who supported our Multi Pub Charity Quiz on the 29th September 2016.

Results are in…

With all your support we have raised a massive £625.12 and with the generosity of the highest scoring team, ‘Hunted by a Freak,’ donating their £100 prize money into the pot, that tops up to £725.12!!!

The Dove won the highest average scoring pub trophy and The Shamrock wins the trophy for most funds raised.  All the pubs played their part in helping vulnerable children across East Anglia access music as therapy.

it was a quiet night in and around Ipswich but our lovely pubs and supporters rallied to put the fun in fundraising, they guessed, giggled and groaned through the evening and astounded us with their musical knowledge!!!  Great work Quiz masters!!!

Plans are already afoot to make next year bigger and better, with quizzes being donated and more pubs offering to take part, so keep your eyes and ears open as our big quiz night grows you might want to plan your team now!

Multi Pub Music Quiz 2016

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)

Music Quiz 16

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! 

Feel free to join the discussion over on our Facebook event too!

Recap: Summer Fundraiser 2016

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!

Charity Single

We have an exciting announcement to make!

We can’t believe how lucky we are that local band Fisti Kuffs have been working with the International Rapper and Music Producer MC Lars to write a single dedicated to us.

This song has been in the making for over a year and recorded by Ian Crow of Amblin’ Man Recording Studios local recording studio based in Otley, Suffolk before being sent to the USA for MC Lars himself to apply his unique brand of ‘nerdcore’ ingeniousness.

You can download the single for just 79p from iTunes, stream online via Spotify or purchase for just £1 via this link here.

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We cannot thank enough to all those involved in writing, performing and recording this great single. On behalf of all of us at KFF, cheers!

And to you music lovers out there – we all hope that you enjoy this track. Why not have a jam while supporting our cause? Thank you for supporting us!