I met Mary through social media and when I heard her and her family’s story and all the good they are now doing because of it, I knew I had to share it.
On 28th December 2003, Mary Storrie, her husband Graham and their three children to a Christmas gathering, hosted by close friends. That evening changed their lives irrevocably, when Rosie May their only daughter was brutally murdered by a 17-year-old boy she knew. Rosie May was 10 years old.
On the first anniversary of Rosie May’s death, Mary stood with her family on the shore of the Indian ocean when the 2004 Asian tsunami struck. The day before, they had planted a tiny palm tree in memory of Rosie May. In the aftermath of the tsunami, they discovered the sapling, standing strong amidst the debris. This poignant moment was the inspiration for the Rosie May Foundation. Born in Sri Lanka, it aimed to support and nurture children in crisis, especially girls, giving them a more hopeful future. One that Rosie May was tragically denied forever.
The Rosie May Foundation is a registered UK charity and Mary has worked tirelessly to create a living legacy for her beautiful daughter. Growing organically from humble beginnings at the kitchen table, to an international charity
Some key points from our interview:
· How her family learnt to heal after every parent’s worst nightmare came true when Rosie May was murdered
· How she had to learn to push herself out of her comfort zone every day to heal
· How she recognised it was so important to get support and talk about what had happened to their family
· How the Rosie May Foundation has been set up to help other girls to receive a future that Rosie May was denied
· How the work she does is a living legacy to her daughter
“Unbroken means resilience and growth” – Mary Storrie
You can get more information about Mary here: https://www.rosie-may.com/
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"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.
Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.
She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.
You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken, from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/
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