21 peaks in 24 hours face “Tom’s Room” fund-raisers

Date: Friday 23rd May 2014
Some of those who will take on the Cumbrian traverse in aid of Sunbeams (left to right) Steven Fox, Steven McGrady, Keith Campbell and Paul Seager, at Brown Pike, which will be peak five on their route.
Some of those who will take on the Cumbrian traverse in aid of Sunbeams (left to right) Steven Fox, Steven McGrady, Keith Campbell and Paul Seager, at Brown Pike, which will be peak five on their route.

A TEAM of fund-raisers for the Sunbeams Music Trust will attempt the Cumbrian traverse a 35-mile route taking in 21 peaks and 12,000ft of ascent in just 24 hours in June, to raise money for a special room within the charity’s new music centre, named after one of its clients.

All the money raised over the course of Saturday, 20th, and Sunday, 21st June, will go towards “Tom’s Room” at the centre Sunbeams is planning to build on a site at Redhills, near Penrith.

Tom Froggatt, from Egremont, was 18 when he was afflicted with an as yet undiagnosed brain condition in 2010, while on a gap year, following his graduation from St. Bees School, in West Cumbria. He now needs two people to care for him 24/7 and has symptoms which appear similar to Alzheimer’s.

However, Tom does respond to music, is able to sing a little and plays the drum with a passion. Since he was was a talented rugby player, musician and active member of his school before taking ill, the team at Sunbeams wanted to dedicate one of the music rooms to him, after working with him during an18-month Sunbeams Dignity project in Cleator Moor.

The £2 million Sunbeams Centre will be the new home for Sunbeams Music Trust and enable the charity to support and develop 40-plus projects for 1,400 disabled and disadvantaged children and adults throughout Cumbria and the North West. Each of the rooms will be dedicated to one of the charity’s beneficiaries.

The team attempting the Cumbrian traverse are no strangers to a challenge. In 2013, they completed a coast to coast run in under 24 hours, which to date has raised nearly £10,000 for the centre.

Some of them also completed a 170-mile cycle ride round 19 Lake District lakes in one weekend in 2012, raising more than £2,000 for the centre.

Those taking part this year are Steven Fox, Steven McGrady, Keith Campbell and Paul Seager, all Whitehaven; Sally Wilson, Kendal; the centre’s architect, Will Mawson, originally from Cleator Moor but living in Newcastle; Jonny Kiggins and Craig Benson, both Whitehaven; Nicholas Froggatt, Egremont (Tom’s father); and James Gilbert, Newcastle.