Our family’s motivation, support, and involvement with the Rosie May Foundation
By Alice Burchfield
Having first met Mary and Graham at Musical Theatre High’s Charity Performances a few years ago, it was easy to see what exceptional individuals they were. From the moment they started telling their story to students, friends, and family at the Recreation Rooms in Leighton Buzzard, I felt compelled to support the legacy for their daughter Rosie May. Their daughter’s death resonates with so many, whether it be the hurt and grief they experienced or the passion that their 10- year- old daughter had for the performing arts, it touched everyone. 5 minutes later, I knew this was going to be a story I would never forget. Without their visit to Musical Theatre High! I would never have been able to hear from the founders themselves and the incredible opportunity they have created from every parent’s worst nightmare.
As our conversation progressed, he went on to speak about the support that the foundation offered for him, saying the founders were “role models, heroes and inspiring”, “It is hard to explain but when you are with Mary and Graham you feel privileged to be within their circle. The strength they must have is extraordinary… How they have channelled this for the better good is beyond belief with results visible to all. If people ask me who inspires me, then Mary and Graham are top of my list!”. Regarding support during his training process, he said that “showing an interest in how I was doing, prior to and after was extremely heart-warming”. He felt like he was “part of the extended Rosie May Foundation family and so appreciated what I was doing for them.” Richard finished by saying that they were “An amazing couple who quite simply make a difference! Not many people really do this.”
From running half marathons to performing in showcases my family and I are excited to continue to work with the foundation in any way we can. I wrote an article about the foundation’s establishment and the tragedy that the couple experienced, which will be posted onto the blog section of rosie-may.com soon and am excited to continue writing regular posts for them, updating everyone on their newest projects and fundraisers.
In the future, I intend to explore the opportunities for me and my family to possibly visit one of the projects in Sri Lanka or Nepal, but more on that hopefully in the months to come…