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 Hat; Copperhead Toad; Lewis 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.
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)!
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
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.
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.
We cannot wait to keep you updated with things planned for 2018. Keep looking back for more information.