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Annie was honoured to be presented with her MBE for Services to the Therapeutic use of
Community Music in Cumbria by Prince Charles. He told her how pleased he was that she was from Cumbria, a place close to his heart.
Annie started Sunbeams 21 years ago, and has worked hard to build the Charity to a point where it now delivers Community Music Sessions to 1,400 people every month with a wide range of special needs through Sunbeams Music for Life® and Music for Dignity® programmes.
The MBE is a wonderful recognition of the achievements of Annie and Sunbeams, and we are very proud of her!
Annie’s niece Rebecca and nephew Will accompanied her and Michael to the Palace where they all enjoyed meeting the Yeomen of the Guard and the Gurkhas.
We are very proud to say that Annie received an MBE for services to the Therapeutic use of
Community Music in Cumbria in this year’s Honours List. It is a wonderful achievement and testament to all her hard work and determination.
"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 Therapeutic use of
Community Music programmes 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 Sessions to over 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 peoples' lives through the power of music."