Sunbeams Patron and Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart on Friday joined Annie Mawson, Founder of Sunbeams Music Trust, and her team at the Redhills site of their £2m new music therapy building, to officially launch the 35-week construction of the long-awaited and richly-deserved centre. The project is the culmination of many years of dedicated fundraising by Annie and her hard-working team, and will bring to Cumbria one of the most state-of-the-art buildings in the country, including performance areas, training rooms, a recording studio, music therapy rooms, and a sensory garden. Situated just off the A66 between Rheged and the Redhills Centre, the building will conform to the highest standards and will be an incredibly rich resource for disabled people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Rory has been a strong advocate for the local charity since election in 2010, supporting it with its ongoing fundraising initiative and acting as a spokesperson to draw attention to its work. He said: “This is incredibly exciting, and I have to say that Annie is amazing: her energy, determination, and dedication is immense. She never gives up. It has been truly humbling to see what Sunbeams have managed to achieve in terms of fundraising for this magnificent project. What is incredible is that they have achieved this whilst carrying out their existing work, making a real difference to so many lives by delivering their Music for Life programme to thousands each year. We should all take heart from Annie and her team’s work, and know that when we dedicate ourselves to a dream, it really can become reality.”

Annie Mawson said: “We are so thrilled to have Rory’s support and want to thank him for everything he has done for us in the past. Today is a day I knew would come eventually. I am so excited that we are now able to start to realise the dreams and aspirations of so many. It has been a long and sustained battle to get to this point, with many tears along the way, but I know that when we open our building it will be so very worthwhile.”

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