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Music line up announced for the family-friendly festival of the year

This year’s Summer Shakedown is almost here!  It’s our 5th birthday,32267002_1700995406605082_1955993102338490368_o and Birmingham’s best family-friendly, live-music festival is shaping up to the biggest and best yet.

Saturday 14th June, 2pm, Moor Green Allotments, Moseley

The usual blend of world- food, stalls and  kids activities will be joined with a full line-up of live music throughout the afternoon and evening.


Food, stalls and kids activities include:

BBQ, chilli, Street Food, Indie- Mex, Bread, Cheese and Heaven ( gourmet toasties) and Cantina Latina (South American food)
Face painting
Football shooting game
Hook the duck
Lucky Dip
Bric A BracSweetie Stall
Raffle Prizes
Tea and Cakes
Ice lollies
Competitions including Sweeties in the Jar, Weight of the Cake and  Raffle

Live bands include:

2pm – 2.20pm  – Moseley Voices Community Choir
2.30 – 2.50pm  – Nightxyphers dance crew
3.40 – 4pm – Kiera Carter
4.20 – 4.40pm – Gronk Mounsey
5.00 – 5.20pm – Anthony Price

Break and Speeches

6.30-7.00pm– Chris Tye
7.15 – 7.45 – Jayne Powell
8.00 – 8.30 – 90s Brit Poppers
9.00 – 9.30 – Citizen X AKA
10.00 til late – The Dudes

Unfortunately Get Stoned are no longer able to join us 🙁

Donation on the door – no need to pre-book this year! Recommended £5 for adults on the day and kids free!

Win big!

This year’s line up of raffle prizes is ridiculous!  Contact us through Facebook, Twitter or email if you want to get raffle tickets before they’ve all gone!



Raffles prizes include:

32Gb iPad
x4 month passes to Yoga and Spin
Hippodrome x 2 Tickets
Aston Villa x 2 Tickets
Birmingham City Tickets x 2
Kings Indian Restaurant dinner for 2
HedShed (Hairdressing) voucher
Joshua A Shaun (Hairdressing) voucher
£10 voucher for Kitchen Garden Cafe
Footworks Vouchers
Acupuncture Vouchers
Complementary Massage Voucher}


Help #TheFalcon to fly this London Marathon weekend

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The year the Matt Kendall Foundation’s official entrant into the 2017  Virgin Money London Marathon is Steve Falconi.

This will be Steve’s third marathon and intends to smash is £1,500 fundraising target when he takes on the iconic road race on Sunday 23rd April.

Can you donate and help The Falcon to fly in what will be his toughest race yet?

Donate here

For the third and (hopefully!) the last time I will be running the London Marathon to raise money for charity.

This year I am supporting The Matt Kendall Foundation, a charity closely linked to my school and run by a former deputy head.

It is a relatively new charity, which helps support young people to get into education, training and employment in the Birmingham area.

Any donation you can give would be very much appreciated by myself and the Foundation.

Thanks again,

Steve 'The Falcon' Falconi

Marathon madness – Two #BrightonHeroes take on the Brighton Marathon

Our two fabulous fundraisers will be running the Brighton marathon this weekend. We are so proud of you! Everything step you take will make such a difference to young people. Everyone … please put your hand in your pocket if you can for these amazing people and the young people that desperately need your help. Thank you.

Go Team MKF! 👍

Donate now:

Tom –…



Our pilot with Birmingham City Council

Even though the Trustees meet as often as possible to review applications for grants so that young people receive the money they need when they need it, we know that sometimes that’s not often enough.  We also know that there are many youth professionals in Birmingham that know which young people need funding – many of which are difficult for us to reach.
That’s why we’re teaming up with Birmingham City Council’s Youth Service to run a grant funding project where youth workers manage a small grant pot to distribute as they see fit.
The Youth Service works with young people from across Birmingham, often from disadvantaged backgrounds who are facing daily struggles with financial barriers to realise their potential. Very timely, small grants can make all the difference.
We’ve had a number of conversations with the council who fully understand and support not only the ethos of the MKF but also the criteria by which we distribute grants. We’re delighted that they’ll be managing a grant of £3,000 over the next six months.  
We’ll be launching the pilot this autumn to see if this approach driven by local professionals supports more of Birmingham most disadvantaged. We’ll keep you up to date!

Fabulous Fundraisers

Many of our fabulous fundraisers are showcased in our Impact Report . Thank you all!  We’d especially like to thank Matt’s old school, Feltonfleet School, who raised over £9,800 for the Foundation as their Charity of the Year.

 But what are people doing now that you can support? Find out more about Jonny Carr’s SuperBat Challenge, TeamMK running the Birmingham half marathon in October, Chris Tye’s album success and much more…  


Since Matt formed the Foundation in April 2015, you have raised over £40,000 for the disadvantaged young people in Birmingham, and many are already benefiting. Thank you!

So who’s currently a fabulous fundraiser?

  • Team MKF runs the Birmingham Half Marathon –  Richard Banks, Chris Tye and Jess Williams raised ran the Great Birmingham Run (half marathon) on Sunday 16th October.  Fantastic efforts!!  At the tiherosme of writing this article the team had almost doubled their £500 target. Can you spare a few pennies to help young people?  Team MKF’s JustGiving page is still open
  • Chris Tye donating 5% of album sales – Friend of the Foundation Chris Tye has just reached the number of pre-orders he needs to finish and publish his latest album ‘Stronger in Numbers.’ 5% of all of the money raised from here on in will go to the Matt Kendall Foundation (cheers Chris!) Please consider supporting Chris and the Foundation by joining over 100 other pledgers and pre-ordering what will be Chris’ best work to date. The album will be out early next year.
  • Jonny Carr’s Superbat Challenge – Jonny Carr lovingly restored the cricket bat given to him by Matt before he died through a shared loved of the glorious game,  and has so far gone on to raise £145 through the cricket season. Thank you Jonny!

Do you live outside of Birmingham? Do you know any pots of money we could apply for or fundraising opportunities for the  MKF?  Please get in touch at ! Thanks.

Summer Shakedown success and the date for next year


Over £3,000 was raised in the 3rd annual Shakedown at Moseley Green Allotments on the 9th July.


Our thanks go to everyone that made the 3rd annual Summer Shakedown family festival a success!

With wall to wall (or allotment to allotment) zorbing, world food, music, face painting, family, friends and good vibes, we raised a massive £3,300 for the MKF.  Thank you!

The Summer Shakedown (recently renamed because there’s now seasonal shakedown sessions) was a fitting tribute to Matt and his legacy and gets bigger and better every year.

We’re also delighted that the Somali community, led by MKF Trustee Dr. Jamil, held a fundraising football tournament at the same time.

See pictures of the event here.  Thank you to James Crockford Photography who covered the event at no charge.

So, roll on next year. The Summer Shakedown will be held on the 1st July 2017, once again at Moor Green Allotments in Moseley.

Can you help out?

The Shakedown is such a big event that we’re already planning for next year! There’s an army of volunteers giving their time and skills to make it happen. Can you help to organise musicians, sound engineering, cook, face paint, run sports, take professional pictures or video, distribute posters and leaflets, be a part of the organising committee or do anything entertaining?  We’d love to hear from you!

If you can help in anyway, please contact the Foundation on . Thanks!


What did we get up to last year?


Our inaugural year was a whirlwind of setting up processes, procedures and communications channels and liaising with the Charity Commission to receive accredited charity status.

But most importantly it was about you – in just  a week we raised £10,000 and £30,000 in year through sponsored runs, sports tournaments, events and more.  It still continues to amaze us how many people came together to honour Matt and support his vision and legacy.

The Impact Report details our story from the outset – how the Foundation came about, how money was raised, how it was spent, details about who runs and guides the Foundation and what we’re going to do in the future, and most importantly, the story of our first grant recipient, Natalie.

We’re excited about what 2016 will hold – including working with partners to make sure even more grants are supporting those young people most in need, the creation of a legacy package and raising more awareness with family professionals working with young people across the voluntary and public sectors.

Read the Impact Report to find out about all of this …..

The Matt Kendall Foundation Impact Report 2015 to 2016

Annual charity fundraiser to be the best yet!

Birmingham’s family-friendly festival of the year is being held at Moor Green Allotments on Saturday 9th July.

Watch: Last year’s Shakedown – a reminder about what it’s all about

Now in its third year, the Summer Shakedown festival boasts food from around the world, face painting, raffles, stalls, crafts, children’s sports and a full line up of eclectic music featuring musicians from BBC Introducing and some of the brightest singer/ songwriters from across the city.

Organised by the supporters of the Matt Kendall Foundation in memory of the late youth and development worker from Kings Heath, the event promises to bring families and friends together in beautiful surroundings to raise money for disadvantaged young people in Birmingham.

The music line up includes:

In addition to the fun, games and music, a supporter will hand over a signed Gibson Special Electric Bass Guitar to the Foundation to auction off the highest bidder.

An online auction is planned in September to auction the guitar that has travelled thousands of miles to capture the autographs of the music industry’s biggest stars including Marillion, Razorliogh, Richard Haawlye, Paul Wellar, Stone Roses, Jamie Lawson and Snow Patrol.

Everyone is welcome from 2pm. Entry tickets are priced at £5 for adults via donation at   


Two more young people receive grants from the Foundation

Two more young people have received grants from the MKF to help them into employment.

Benedicta was struggling to settle in a career, but really wanted to

Benedicta is a recipient of a MKF grant

Benedicta is a new recipient of a MKF grant

progress in the media industry. Already a talented amateur photographer, Benedicta wanted to train to be a professional, but the costs of education, equipment and training was just too high.  She’s now the recipient of a MKF grant and is now the proud owner of a DSLR camera and is already studying photography and media.

Mohamed needed to support his family and parents but found that he needed to retrain in the security industry.  Having gained the qualifications he needed he then found that not being able to drive was  a real barrier to getting the job he so badly wanted.

He’s now in a temporary security job but has been promised a long-term, stable position when he has passed his driving test.  The Matt Kendall Foundation is pleased to be able to support costs towards his driving lessons.   Good luck Mohamed!

A camera of my own is helping me to learn at my own pace and practice as much as I want and really learn how to improve. I want
to be really good at the skills I need to work in the Media. 


First of all I would like to say thank you very much to the supporters of the Matt Kendall Foundation who have helped me make my dream come true and make me do something in life and give me the opportunity to achieve something in life.

I will now look for a suitable driving instructor to have some lessons and take my driving test as soon as possible. The grant from the Foundation means that I can now achieve my dream of helping my family and have a good future.


Meet Pheleba – the second recipient of a MKF grant

Pheleba has struggled with a number of different problems in her life – Pheleba x2

including depression.

She’s now the recipient of a £500 grant from the MKF and well on her way to becoming a qualified rhythmic  gymnastics coach.

Do you know a young person from Birmingham who could use a grant from the Matt Kendall Foundation to help get into work or training? Find out more and apply

My name is Pheleba.

Recently I became a mother and have found myself having to seriously think what I want to do with my life to support my child.

I've been in love with rhythmic gymnastics since I started a class at the local sport centre when I was nine. 

During my life I've struggled with a few problems - one of the biggest was depression. It got so bad I wouldn't even get out of bed some days but after being invited to help coach at my old gym club things started to slowly change. I found myself looking forward to Wednesday evenings where I'd coach a small group.

More recently a permanent coaching position became available at the club but was only suitable for a coach who had the correct qualifications.

I leapt at the chance to do the course but quickly found myself stuck as the it costs hundreds of pounds. An amount I just didn't have.

The Matt Kendall Foundation has not only supported me get on the course but helped me secure a positive safe future for me and my baby.

Pheleba, May 2016