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Parents open Rosie May orphanage

Rosie May Children's Home
The home cost about 50,000 to build

The parents of a murdered UK girl who opened a Sri Lankan orphanage in her memory say it is "her living legacy".

Rosie May Storrie, 10, was killed by Paul Smith, 20, from Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire in 2003. He was later jailed for life for the killing.

Graham and Mary Storrie, from Leicestershire, said the Rosie May Children's Home in Boossa took two years to build and furnish.

They opened the home during a holiday to Sri Lanka at the end of December.

'Smiling faces'

The Storries, from Bottesford, witnessed the Asian tsunami while on holiday in the Maldives in 2004, where they spent the first Christmas after Rosie May's murder.

They decided to help child victims of the disaster as a tribute to their daughter Rosie May, who was murdered at a Christmas party in 2003.

Rosie May home poster
Rosie May was killed at a Christmas party in 2003

Mary Storrie said: "We feel that Rosie May's legacy will live on through the lives of the children in the Rosie May Home."

Her husband Graham said: "To actually go there and see the smiling faces made it all worthwhile."

Members of Rosie May's family lit 15 candles at the opening ceremony at the orphanage, which is privately run and funded by donations and sponsorship.

Rosie May, a talented dancer, died in hospital a day after being suffocated at a Christmas party in Lincolnshire.


Graham and Mary Storrie opened the home in Sri Lanka

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