The parents of murdered schoolgirl Rosie May Storrie shared a poignant moment as they reached the summit of a gruelling charity climb in the Himalayas.
Graham and Mary Storrie, of Bottesford, led a 12-strong trekking party through the stunning mountain range as their latest fundraiser in the name of their tragic daughter, who was 10 when she died in 2003.
And it was a special moment when the group reached the top of 3,210-metre Poon Hill in the shadow of Mount Everest in an effort which has so far raised £23,000 for Nepalese children affected by the recent earthquake in the region and orphans recovering from the tsunami in Sri Lanka 11 years ago.
Mrs Storrie told the Melton Times: “We stood for a moment to breathe in this beautiful place and remember Rosie May and the children of Nepal who lost their lives in the earthquake.
“It was an emotional and rewarding day for everyone in the Rosie May team.”
The party, who trekked from 2,600ft up to 10,500ft, both up and down some highly challenging terrain, included Rosie May’s godparents, and trustees for the charity, Don and Jenny Murray, who lived in Bottesford and Ab Kettleby for five years before settling in Australia.
Other members included barrister Sarah Taylor, who grew up in Bottesford and went to school with Rosie May, and Martyn Kelk, whose daughters also knew her from Belvoir High school.
Mrs Storrie said: “We have bonded as a team through this challenge, which has tested both our physical and mental strengths.
“This trek has not just been about the challenging climbs and descents but about learning how to manage without the everyday home comforts we take for granted such as hot showers, safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, electricity, heating, warm clothing, western foods and the internet.
“Some of the trekkers started off as strangers but we supported each other to get everyone in the team through and we’ve all found this to be a humbling experience.”
The Rosie May Memorial Fund has raised more than £500,000 for Sri Lankan orphans and the Nepal trek was organised to swell the coffers further.
But the Storries were so moved by the impact on children of April’s terrible quake, which killed nearly 9,000 people and injured another 23,000, they decided to divert some of the proceeds to help them.
The party has some amazing memories of reaching the summit in their latest fundraiser.
Mrs Storrie added: “The aim of our trek was to ascend Poon Hill for sunrise. We set out under the stars and a short but steep 350-metre climb up yet more steps got us to the top as dawn was breaking.
“As the sun rose the view of the mountains became more breathtaking and we actually felt so close that we could touch them.”
Go online at www.justgiving.com/Mary-Storrie to contribute sponsorship cash towards the Storries’ Nepal trek.