On Wednesday 20th September, COINS Foundation gathered in the magnificent setting of Kensington Palace for the 25th Anniversary Gala Celebrations of Sunbeams Music Trust.

Sunbeams Music Trust was founded in 1992 by harpist and singer, Annie Mawson who hoped to improve the health and wellbeing of those with special needs through the creative power of music. The focus is on live rather than pre-recorded music and 25 years on the charity currently delivers sessions to over 1,400 disabled and disadvantaged people in over 40 venues each month.

The evening began with a champagne reception and canapés for guests to enjoy and what better a location to enjoy these than in The King’s Drawing Room. Guests were then directed to The King’s Gallery where they enjoyed an incredible four-course meal prepared by Bubble Food – a company you might recognise from Channel 4’s programme ‘The World’s Most Expensive Food.’

Sunbeams ventures into a world where doors are closed, and with commitment and passion, tries to find the appropriate musical key to unlock a knowledge that is there from the very first heartbeat.

Annie Mawson - Founder of Sunbeams

Following a sensational dinner supported with various fine wines, guests were in high spirits as Lord Jeffrey Archer took to the stage to begin the charity auction. Sunbeams funding comes from a variety of sources and COINS was happy to show their support by both sending a table of guests and also donating auction prizes.

It was an extraordinary event with commitment and support from so many wonderful people. I was incredibly impressed with the high level of support from COINS.

Laura Sercombe, Challengers CEO