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The Rosie May Memorial Fund is a registered UK charity and was founded in January 2004 in response to overwhelming donations from the public following the murder of Rosie May the only daughter of Graham & Mary Storrie. Immediate funds went to Sheffield Paediatric Intensive Care Unit which gave Rosie May very special care during the last precious 48 hours of her short life.
Graham, Rosie May’s father recorded Van Morrison’s hit as a tribute to his darling “brown eyed girl”. He sang this to baby Rosie; as soon as she could stand Rosie May would hold her Daddy’s hand and dance. He told his little girl he had written this song especially for her! The CD has now sold over 3000 copies for the charity.
(To request a copy please email us for more information)
In December 2004 the family decided Christmas at home would be unbearable without their daughter who especially loved this time of year. So they decided to escape with their two sons from the horrific recollections of the year before. On Christmas day in South East Asia a tiny palm tree was planted by Rosie’s family in memory of their beautiful little girl. On Boxing Day their paradise island in the Indian Ocean was engulfed by the 2004 Asian Tsunami.
“We were told that we were ‘lucky’ to escape unharmed however we knew that Rosie May was watching over us and had kept us safe. Miraculously the little palm tree stood untouched, perfect, as debris swirled around it”.
“We were humbled by the bravery of the Sri Lankan people… the enormity of death, devastation and destruction touched everyone’s lives. Our personal experience of witnessing this tragedy inspired the Rosie May Home for Tsunami Orphans and abandoned girls”.
Click here to view about our return to Sri Lanka