News of MBE prompts award from High Sheriff of Cumbria for
Annie Mawson and Sunbeams Music Trust

March 2014

High Sheriff of Cumbria visits Sunbeams
Music For Life® Session in Kendal

Following on from the news of Annie’s MBE, she has been happily inundated by letter and cards of congratulations at the office.

The prestige surrounding this award has brought Sunbeams to the attention of new friends, including High Sheriff of Cumbria – Mrs Diana Matthews.

Diana visited one of our sessions for children with complex medical needs last month and presented Annie and Sunbeams, with the High Sheriff’s shield:

Mrs Matthews gave this press release for the Westmorland Gazette (which can be read in brief here:

“In this, their 21 st Anniversary year, they are about to start building their own bespoke Music Centre, as a special legacy for those with great needs. 

Not only this, but the Founder and Chief Executive, Annie Mawson, was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Annie is particularly proud that she was brought up near Cleator Moor, and has been congratulated by so many of her friends from West Cumbria.

 Each month, Sunbeams provides Music as a Therapy to over 1,400 different people with disabilities, with ages ranging from 3 months to 105 years, in over 40 projects across Cumbria.

 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.”

High Sheriff of Cumbria visits Sunbeams
Music For Dignity® Session in Cleator Moor

Following on from her visit to Sandgate, Diana subsequently attended a Music For Dignity® concert in Cleator Moor at the end of February. This was the last ‘Big Gig’ as part of an 18 month Sunbeams project which has seen the formation of a rock band made up of users of Copeland Occupational and Social Centre who have been visiting local Care Homes and Day Centres, and performing for the residents. Four Big Gigs were held at the Civic Hall, which were attended by over 100 people from the local community and the project venues themselves. Read all about the project on the blog here:

On the day of the concert Diana spoke about Sunbeams and presented Annie with the (now engraved!) award.

“The work that Annie and her
team do enrich the lives of so many people. The Sunbeams Music Trust is one of the unknown treasures of Cumbria, and really should be much better known, and deserves our support”


Read the article in the Whitehaven News here:

Thank you to Diana from Annie and all at Sunbeams for taking the time to come and see us and our work. The children at Sandgate loved meeting you, and the Silver Liners were honoured. We hope you didn’t mind them singing “I shot the Sheriff”!!


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