A trek organised through the Himalayas by the Rosie May Memorial Fund in aid of orphaned children in Sri Lanka will now raise money instead for the Nepal region devastated by this year’s huge earthquake there.
The charity, set up by Graham and Mary Storrie in the name of their murdered daughter, has already generated more than £500,000 for those affected by the Asian Tsunami in December 2004, including the Rosie May Home which supports Sri Lankan girls who lost their parents in the disaster.
The Storries are preparing for their latest fundraiser, between September 26 and October 10, which will be an eight-day trek through the Annapurna Mountains in Nepal, where the party will climb an accumulative 4,900m (16,000 ft).
And they have decided to donate the proceeds to charities working to help survivors of April’s earthquake, which killed nearly 9,000 people and injured another 23,000.
Mrs Storrie said: “We decided to divert the money to the rebuilding projects in Nepal because it didn’t seem right to be going to a country affected by a disaster and raising money for a cause somewhere else.”
Aleady 10 people have signed up for the trek, which will include a climb up 3,210m-Poon Hill at sunrise when climbers will enjoys views of the two highest mountains in the world, walks through rural and unspoilt terrain and nights spent in tea houses in tiny hamlets run by local people.
Another four places are still available for anyone who wants to take part - log in at www.rosie-may.com for more details and to contact the organisers.
Mrs Storrie added: “We’ve now raised around £650,000 in Rosie May’s name in the last 10 years.
“I remember saying to the trustees at the start that it would be nice to raise £10,000 - £1,000 for every year of Rosie May’s life - so to have raised this amount is amazing.”