Runners stride out in aid of Sunbeams centre

Date: Friday 12th July 2013

SUPPORTERS of the Eden-based Sunbeams Music Trust made a marathon effort to raise funds for the charity this week.

The trust, which is headed by Annie Mawson, of Tirril, is one of the largest arts in health charities in the country and has provided therapy for those with special needs, including physical and mental disabilities, for the past 21 years.

The trust currently operates from a base at Greystoke Castle Estate. However, a national centre is planned at Penrith, which will cost £2 million to build and it is hoped will provide a lasting legacy for the charity.

On Thursday, Will Mawson, architect of the new centre, along with five friends, completed a fund-raising coast to coast challenge.

Will and his friends each ran a 21-mile leg in a bid to complete a coast to coast route from North Tyne Hospital to the West Cumberland Hospital, Workington. They set off at 3am and hoped to complete the gruelling 130-mile route by midnight, raising much-needed sponsorship cash for Sunbeams.

Speaking before Thursday’s run, Will said: “The route is over 130 miles, which we are doing in relay, and goes past the site of the proposed centre at Penrith. To our knowledge nobody has tried this hard not to see why!

“This is going to be quite a painful experience but hopefully worthwhile in generating awareness of the charity and some funds for them.”

The fund-raising total for the new national centre currently stands at £1.35 million. Anyone wanting to donate towards the Sunbeams cause can do so by visiting Will’s Just Giving page at justgiving. com/coastrun24.