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The MKF Bass Guitar soon to be auctioned off

Since its donation to the Matt Kendall Foundation in the summer of
2015, our Gibson SG Bass Guitar has been transformed – all in aid of 13266117_1189632037715589_5962417483352810262_nthe Foundation.
The guitar has travelled the length and breadth of the country, and also made a trip to the USA to be signed by the music world’s great and good.
The brainchild of Foundation supporter Neil Emery, the Matt Kendall Foundation Bass Guitar will be officially handed over to us to auction off in September 2016 via online auction.
Autographs collected so far include:
  • Marillion (including Guitar Picks and Drum Sticks in the caseIMG_2831 from Marillion)
  • Razorlight
  • Richard Hawley
  • Paul Weller
  • The Charlatans (Mark Collins)
  • Stone Roses (Mani)
  • Joy Division (Peter Hook)
  • The Libertines
  • Snow Patrol
  • Jamie Lawson (after just winning an Ivor Novello Award)
  • Iain Archer

The guitar has full provenance and photographs of each artist signing 13227232_1189394697739323_5391269390293650918_n the guitar.

The guitar will be auctioned through our friends Omega Auctions, who will not be taking any commission – all the funds raised will go straight to young people.

Find out more about the guitar and register to take part in the auction here.

Watch a video about the Matt Kendall Foundation guitar

Iron Man running for the MKF

Dan Mason is undertaking a gruelling IronMan course in Nice in aid of the Foundation on the 5th June.

Dan will begin with a start with a  3.8 km swim in the  Mediterranean Sea before a  180 km bike course. There are 6,000 feet of challenging climbs through the 42,195 km run.

That’s  impressive.

Dan is aiming to raise £2,000 for the Foundation. Please support him!

Dan said: ''I am taking part in Iron Man Nice 2016 for The Matt Kendall Foundation because Matt was a fantastic guy who wanted to help others.''

Well said!

Crowd funding in support of the MKF

Long time friend of Matt, supporter of the Foundation and very Please help Chris to finish his latest albumtalented musician Chris Tye is asking people to support him to finish  launch his latest album ‘Stronger in Numbers.’


The tracks are all very close to Chris’ heart and 5% of the money raise will go straight to the Matt Kendall Foundation.

Find out more 


Chris said: ''This is a collection of songs that is very dear to my heart, and I can’t wait to share it with you. I need your help to raise funds to finish the production of the album and release the songs out into the world. I am creating the album with Michael Clarke (who has worked with Andy Burrows and a song writing hero of mine Ron Sexsmith). I feel the recordings we have made so far are my best to date, I’m capturing the essence of these songs in a really natural way and they feel very fresh and exciting for it. You can expect an honest and uplifting record to stir the soul.
I’ve also been lucky enough to work with amazing photographers: Matthew McCormack, Ian Winstanley and John Palmer on this project.''

Jonny Carr’s Super Bat Challenge

Fundraising comes in all shapes and sizes – this time in the shape of a cricket bat.

Matt left great friend Jonny Carr his cricket bat before he passed away last year.

Jonny Carr takes on the super bat challengeThe pair had long shared a love of the sport and Jonny has had the bat lovingly restored ready for this year’s season.

We ask that you pledge your support and encouragement for Jonny to score as many runs as possible this season with the bat – all money will go to the Matt Kendall Foundation.  Thank you.



Jonny said: "I will more than likely score between 500 and 1000 runs over the season. I'd love you to pledge an amount per run, even a penny a run would be great, and lets see just how much this mighty bat and my mighty swing can raise! Peace'n'love JC x"

Please support ‘Team 10k for MK’

Over 30 people are running the Great Birmingham 10k on  Sunday 1st May to fundraise for the Foundation.

Many of us haven’t run since we were 14 so it’s a real labour of love for many of us.     We’ll be running on the 1st May, very close to the first anniversary of Matt Kendall’s death, the founder of the Matt Kendall Foundation.    He was a close friend, husband, son or family member of many of the runners.

It’s not going to be easy or pretty, but we will get round.

Please donate whatever you can to support the team, and the young people of Birmingham. Thank you

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Foundation makes first grant to young person

Everyone! Meet Natalie – the first young person that the Matt Kendall Nat quote oneFoundation has supported with a small grant.

Once homeless, Natalie is now gearing up to go to America to train to be a sports coach – her dream job – with the support of the Foundation.

Natalie’s submission took our breath away, and we know that she’ll go onto great things.  This is your money in action! Thank you.

This is Natalie’s story in her own words:

“Upon leaving home at the age of 16 due to a family breakdown, I finished secondary school and applied to play for The Chelsea Ladies U19 Academy.

I was given a trial and I successfully passed and got accepted to play alongside studying a Level 3 Sports Diploma with Chelsea.

A couple months later due to not having enough money, I was forced to leave my accommodation where I was staying, as I could not afford to pay the rent and had no financial support.

I was gutted and lost my opportunity. I moved back to Birmingham and moved in with a friends family who let me stay at their home.

I got my first job in a Direct Sales and Marketing Company doing Door to Door sales on 100% commission only for 2 years. I loved it I learned amazing life skills and this also helped me to gain confidence and learn about entrepreneurship.  Most importantly I learned about having a positive attitude and dealing with rejection. Working over 12 hours a day 6 sometimes 7 days a week I had no time to play football and had to give it up. I had to live and pay my way and had to put making an income first.

After leaving the company my goal and focus was to get back into football. I trailed and started to train with The Newcastle United Women’s team getting back into playing at a high level at first came difficult as I hadn’t trained for over two years.  However I scored my first goal on my debut and was so happy to have started playing again.

In 2015 I came back to Birmingham and became homeless and was put into a hostel in Aston, sharing with eight other people who I didn’t know.  I lost all my confidence and self belief.  I have never felt so uncomfortable in my life.

I didn’t tell people as I felt people would have judged me. So I have been putting on a brave face and focused all my energy into where I want to go and what I want to achieve.

I knew I couldn’t stay in a hostel sharing with strangers, so I sent of my application to the YMCA in Birmingham and moved into there, having my own one bedroom flat in a hostel where I felt safer and had my own space to focus better.

I had football as my motivation which kept me going during these hard times and a dream of going to America one day.  I started applying for scholarships and various companies throughout 2015 to get an opportunity to showcase my playing talents.

I had many scholarship offers for different colleges and universities – but I just couldn’t afford the remaining tuition fees to make it happen and unfortunately had to turn down multiple offers from coaches. I knew there had to be another way and didn’t give up and began to look in another direction.

I started at Street League- which is a 10 week football programme that helps young people aged 16-25 get back into employment through the power of football.

My favourite part was playing football four times a week and also having the opportunity to also run my own football sessions for the group, which help me grow in confidence and self believe again.

During Street League we had people come in from various companies to give us talks on what opportunities are out there and how they may be able to help prepare us to get back into work. One day a lady named Alison O’Connell came in from FITCAP and I was immediately inspired by her journey. I contacted Alison immediately and arranged to meet her the following week to discuss my situation and my goal of going to America.

Since meeting Alison she has became my mentor and has continued to support me in going to America. I came across a company called UK Elite Soccer and they had interviews coming up, I applied straight away. I attended a six hour interview where I gained loads of knowledge about the company UK Elite and what they were offering for employment in the USA coaching football. I had a practical assessment based on my personality and coaching abilities, followed by a formal interview. It was a long wait to hear if I had successful had got the job. A month later I received a call and I got the contract offer. I was over the moon and so happy.

I am about to go out to New York State from March – November 2016  and fulfil my dreams of going out to the States to coach soccer and also get to play. This is just the start of my journey becoming a professional coach and progressing up the ladder doing something I love and I am passionate about.

Without the help the  Matt Kendall Foundation I wouldn’t be able to go to America to achieve my goals. I would like to say a massive thank you for your help and support through these tough times and moments of doubt. I am very grateful for the help as you have given me a lifetime opportunity by helping me to financially make this happen.”

Keep up to date with Natalie’s progress here.

The Matt Kendall Foundation has also made two further grants following the deadline of the first round of applications – we’ll tell you about these shortly.

Apply now – don’t wait

Just so you know – young people can now apply to the Matt Kendall Foundation at any point in the year – we realise how important it is to be responsive.  The Trustees will consider each application on merit, but reserve the right to reintroduce rounds of grants and application deadlines at any time.

Runners raise over £2,000

Picture of Team DC

Team DC after running for the half

Team DC rasied over £2,000 for The Matt Kendall Foundation recently when they ran the Great Birmingham Run – aka – the dreaded half marathon.

All of the team – Jess, Debs, Joe, Hem, Lou and Rich and Georgina  – ran their legs off in memory of Matt, and to support young people without the means to get on the path to their future.

£2000 will help 10 young people with the financial support they need.

We couldn’t be prouder, or more thankful, to Team DC.

So, what can you do to help young people in Birmingham and Birmingham’s future?

There are many ways you can support the Foundation.


''Losing someone you love is hard, everyone knows that. However, nothing could have prepared me for how all consuming grief was going to be when it arrived.

One thing is for sure, when we pose for our team photo next Sunday and when we support each other up the hill of doom at mile 10, and finally when we see each other over that finishing line, all of us, including our supporters and those connected to Matt will be thinking of him, and his Foundation, and the young people we will support with those donations.

It will be emotional, we will have overcome physical and emotional barriers of our own but I know how proud Matt would've been of us all.''

Georgina Watts