Rosie May tea party raises funds for school

Picnic tea party at Belvoir Castle on Sunday
Picnic tea party at Belvoir Castle on Sunday

Families enjoyed a picnic tea party at Belvoir Castle on Sunday, hosted by the Rosie May Foundation.

Guests gathered on the castle lawn, courtesy of the Duchess of Rutland, who is also patron of the foundation, to tuck into their picnics and watch performances from the Starlight dance group and Caroline McManus.

Rosie May Storrie died in 2003.

Rosie May Storrie died in 2003.

The Rosie May Foundation was set up in 2004 in memory of 10-year-old Rosie May Storrie who died in Bottesford after being attacked at a Christmas party in December 2003.

The picnic tea party raised nearly three thousand pounds towards free school meals for one of their latest projects.

In 2015, the charity organised a charity trek in Nepal to support their projects in Sri Lanka, but in April 2015, an earthquake hit the country destroying many homes and schools.

The earthquake inspired the charity to help rebuild the Meselmi Primary School, which was opened by Rosie’s parents Mary and Graham last month.

Meselmi Primary School

Meselmi Primary School

Co-founder Graham said: “The actual trip to open it was quite emotional because it is in a very remote area.

“It was quite a challenge getting there, 28 hours off-road, and I think we did 75k on foot.

“It was very inspiring to see the faces of the children. When we get there we always find that, because it’s quite remote, the children are quite timid with visitors but they do gradually warm to you.”

The Rosie May Foundation now aims to provide free school meals for every pupil for the next three years as an incentive to increase the number of children attending school after the numbers dropped from 60 to eight. Graham added: “We’ve currently got 26 attending school at the minute.”

You can find out more about The Rosie May Foundation and the work that they’re doing in disadvantaged communities in Sri Lanka and Nepal as a living legacy of Rosie May by visiting: www.rosie-may.com