Annie’s work recognised by High Sheriff’s Shield award

Date: Friday 28th March 2014

ANNIE Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust, which started 21 years ago with a bank balance of £13.40, is about to start building its own bespoke music centre, as a special legacy for those with great needs.

In addition, Annie, the founder and chief executive, was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours. She is particularly proud to live in Eden where many of the beneficiaries live and benefit from the Sunbeams community music programs Music for Health, Music for Dignity and Music for Life.

Each month, Sunbeams delivers more than 100 live music workshops to over 1,400 different people with disabilities, with ages ranging from three months to 105 years, in more than 40 projects across Cumbria.

The service is available to children and adults with a wide variety of special needs, including physical disabilities and mental health problems, Alzheimer’s and dementia, cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s syndrome, sensory impairments, emotional and behavioural disturbance and profound multiple disabilities.

The work of the charity is transformative, fulfilling a gap which would not otherwise be provided. It enables those with special needs to find an opportunity to really achieve for possibly the first time in their lives.

In one of her last functions as the High Sheriff of Cumbria, Diana Matthews, attended one of the Sunbeams out-of-school clubs for children with disabilities from Eden and the South Lakes, where she presented Annie with the High Sheriff’s Shield in recognition of her dedication to children and adults with disabilities throughout Cumbria.

The High Sheriff said: “The work which Annie Mawson and her staff do enriches the lives of so many. The Sunbeams Music Trust is one of the special treasures in this county and richly deserves our support.”