BBC Children In Need


Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust and Children in Need have appeared across the region on the BBC Look North programme, featuring 40 children with severe physical and learning disabilities.

The monies donated to Sunbeams from Children in Need will pay for music workshops in Kendal and Ulverston for children with physical and learning difficulties. The sessions, which are already running, will be able to continue over the next year thanks to the donations. The fortnightly and monthly sessions help nearly 40 children with disabilities and are run by three professional musicians - Ruth Bell, pianist and dancer, Laura Haughey who is also a trained physiotherapist and signer, and Annie Mawson herself - the Chief Executive of Sunbeams and an international singer and harpist.


Harry playing Annie's harp

plays Annie's harp at the South Lakes group for children with disabilities


Annie said, "So many exciting things are happening at the moment for Sunbeams. The money from Children in Need will keep two very important sessions going for the next year."

"As the founder of Sunbeams, it is uplifting when people recognise all the effective and good work which we do and most importantly see the effects this work has on the children."

"We all had a fantastic time filming our story for Children in Need and when it was broadcast it was very exciting. The BBC presenter, Lara Rostron, was so helpful and gave advice and sensitive encouragement during the afternoon's filming which took place at Sandgate School, where the children meet on Saturday mornings. Lara herself found the Sunbeams team 'inspirational', and couldn't wait to spread the news about all the wonderful work which goes on here."

Click HERE to watch our Children in Need video!


Sunbeams has been established since 1992. The charity helps disabled children and families communicate through music and movement. Last year the charity helped over 18,737 special needs people of all ages throughout the north of England.

For more information please contact Annie Mawson on 017688 92909.

© Phil Rigby, Cumbria Life

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