Royal recognition for charity founder Annie

Date: Thursday 17th April 2014
Annie Mawson receives her MBE from Prince Charles.
Annie Mawson receives her MBE from Prince Charles.

THE trustees and staff of Eden-based Sunbeams Music Trust are proud that their founder, Annie Mawson, received an MBE for services to music therapy in Cumbria in the New Year Honours.

“It is a wonderful achievement and testament to all her hard work and determination,” said one of her colleagues.

Formerly a special needs teacher, Annie founded Sunbeams in 1992. It is a charity based in Cumbria which provides community music therapy to more than 1,400 disabled people every month.

Sunbeams projects are based on Annie’s belief in the power of music to heal. The charity delivers projects across Cumbria in care homes, day centres, hospital wards, hospices, special schools and community venues to children and adults with a wide range of disabilities.

Sunbeams Music for Life, Music for Health and Music for Dignity programs are designed to improve people’s health, well-being and self-esteem through the creative freedom of music.

Annie, from Sockbridge, said: “I am really thrilled to receive this great honour, not just for myself but also because it represents such a wonderful testimony to the transformative effect that Sunbeams Music Therapy programs have upon people with disabilities throughout Cumbria.

“I am overjoyed to receive the MBE in this special year our 21st anniversary when we will start to build the Sunbeams Music Centre. I would like to thank the whole Sunbeams team who deliver music therapy to more than 1,400 children and adults every month, many of them weekly, and also the Cumbrian communities for their unswerving and loyal support since 1992, as we strive to make a real difference to people’s lives through the power of music.”