Krissy & Friends donate £5,000 to celebrate 1st birthday

Krissy & Friends donate £5,000 to celebrate 1st birthday

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The Krissy & Friends Foundation have donated £5,000 to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) to celebrate their first birthday.

The Foundation was the brainchild of Kris Hackett and Kath Gosling, who have been friends for over thirty years. Since launching a year ago, they have been raising funds for a cause which is close to both their hearts – supporting music therapy programmes for children and young people with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. 

Both Kris and Kath have a background of working with children and young people and have been involved in the local music scene for a number of years, with Kris performing at venues throughout East Suffolk as a solo artist and as a member of several Ipswich based bands.

When Kris was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2013, the two friends decided to set up Krissy and Friends, with the aim of working together, in whatever time they have left, to make a positive difference to the local community. Raising funds for children and young people where music therapy can make such a huge difference to their lives seemed like the natural choice.

They kicked off their fundraising with a summer event in July last year and since then have held a multi-pub music quiz event, gigs, a sponsored bike ride, a sponsored head-shave and have sold a range of jewellery. 

Kris said: “We set up the foundation a year ago, after a meeting in the music room at the Treehouse hospice, not having any idea how much we would raise. It has been a really special day, to celebrate our first birthday and be able to come back to the hospice a year on and present a cheque for £5,000. We couldn’t have done all of this without the help of our friends, trustees and our committee and everyone in the local music scene. We would also like to thank the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich who have been really supportive.”

Gemma Smith, EACH Suffolk Fundraiser said: “We were absolutely delighted when we heard the news that Krissy and Friends had raised such an incredible amount of money. Music therapy makes a huge difference to children and young people at EACH, helping them to communicate and express themselves when words are not always possible, raising self-esteem, lowering anxiety levels and encouraging physical and cognitive development. Music therapy is available to the whole family and an important part of this is the Treehouse choir which brings together parents and grandparents.

We’d like to congratulate everyone at Krissy & Friends on reaching the milestone of their first birthday. Here’s to another great year of fundraising ahead!”

The next step for Krissy and Friends is to gain charity status and they are now planning their programme of summer events, including the Ipswich Beer Festival on 11th – 13th June, so watch this space!


Notes to Editors

• We support families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk.

• Our care and support is tailored for the needs of all family members and delivered where the families wish – in their own home, at hospital, in the community or at one of three hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.

• We deliver a wide range of services through short-break care, emotional & psychological support, symptom management, care at end of life, bereavement support and many activities & therapies.

• We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and need to raise almost £6 million to deliver our services this year – £16,000 a day, every day of the year.

• EACH Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.

• For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit or call the Suffolk fundraising office on 01473 276196

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For further information about this release please contact:
Gemma Smith | EACH Suffolk Fundraiser | 01473 276195|

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  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum

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