Picasso sale adds to £15,000 Sunbeams auction total

Date: Friday 27th May 2011
HONOURED GUESTS: Admiring the Picasso print are Steven Shears, a Sunbeams troupe member; Annie Mawson, founder of the trust; Johnny Ball, celebrity guest at the event; Liesl McViety,project co-ordinator for Sunbeams; Rory Stewart, auctioneer for the evening; Lord Lieutenant Sir James and Mrs. Cropper; and Sally Wilson, Sunbeams professional musician.
HONOURED GUESTS: Admiring the Picasso print are Steven Shears, a Sunbeams troupe member; Annie Mawson, founder of the trust; Johnny Ball, celebrity guest at the event; Liesl McViety,project co-ordinator for Sunbeams; Rory Stewart, auctioneer for the evening; Lord Lieutenant Sir James and Mrs. Cropper; and Sally Wilson, Sunbeams professional musician.

A LUXURY charity auction and cheese and wine evening, held at Rheged, near Penrith, raised £15,000 for Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust.

The auction itself, which raised £8,000, was overseen by Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border and Sunbeams patron, who was said to be “very entertaining” in selling the 55 lots which were all donated by local people and businesses and friends of Sunbeams Music Trust.

They included a week’s stay at an Ambleside holiday cottage and “Not afternoon tea” for four people at Harvey Nichols Brasserie, at the Oxo Tower, London. The “piece de resistance” was a rare limited edition Picasso print which raised £1,600.

As part of the evening, attended by 150 guests, there was also a guest talk, including songs, by Think of a Number star Johnny Ball, accompanied by pianist Dave Hartley.

Harpist and singer Annie Mawson who in 1992 founded the music trust which now delivers community music therapy throughout the county to more than 1,000 people every month who are severely disabled or disadvantaged said: “It was an amazing evening.”

The event, which did not end until midnight, was rounded off with some of Annie’s harp playing, along with Steven Shears, a member of the Sunbeams Concert Troupe.

A spokesman for Sunbeams said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community and local businesses and producers. The quality of the produce helped to make the evening a real success. We cannot thank them enough.”