"Sunbeams strives to improve the lives of disabled Children
and Adults through the creative freedom of music."

In 2016 Sunbeams has created a Sustainable Legacy, an International Centre of Excellence - fulfilling Annie's dream since 1992 when she founded Sunbeams. Cumbrian Architect, Cumbrian Builders, Cumbrian Money, for Cumbrian beneficiaries at our Sunbeams Music Centre


What We Do
  • Raise £300,000 EVERY year to provide free delivery of our Music for Life® and Music for Dignity® programmes throughout Cumbria to disabled and disadvantaged children and adults aged 1 month to 106 years!

  • Sustain 10 musicians in 52 venues, delivering 162,032 hours of Community Music Workshops/Sessions throughout the year.

  • Deliver £8 of social value for every £1 of investment of Music for Dignity® to 379 people with Dementia, including Alzheimers, every week. Verified through External Evaluation for Social Return on Investment (SROI)

  • Reached No 1 in the official UK charts with Wake Me Up in November 2014 for BBC Children in Need . HUGE achievement after being chosen by Gareth Malone to join his Celebrity Choir.

  • Brought National recognition to Cumbria with unique Fundraising Events including: a)Fundraising Dinner and Auction in the House of Lords hosted by Lord Archer raising £99,000. b) Challenge 24 team raised £50,000 for "Tom's Room" by cycling the circumference of Cumbria in 22 hours and climbing 21 Cumbrian Fells in 21 hours.

  • Have raised £2.3 million to build iconic Sunbeams National Music Centre for existing 1,558 beneficiaries and additional 1,617 on the waiting list .

By tackling the serious challenges raised by social exclusion, deprivation, ill-health and inequality, Sunbeams is 'reaching the unreachables' .

Annie Mawson, our Founder, on
BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

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