One of the founders of a charity effort helping girls in Sri Lanka affected by the 2004 Asian tsunami have praised the work of two Melton youngsters who have returned home from a two-week trip assisting the project.
Arron Nugent and Lizzie Golland volunteered their services at the Rosie May Home, which was opened seven years ago in memory of murdered 10-year-old Bottesford schoolgirl Rosie May Storrie.
Rosie May’s parents, Graham and Mary, have led a campaign which has raised more than £500,000 for those whose families were caught up in the devastating natural disaster, which claimed the lives of more than 230,000 people across the continent.
Arron and Lizzie, who have raised money for the Rosie May Memorial Fund for the last three years, were making their first visit to the home and both made a big impact with the girls who live there.
Mrs Storrie said: “It was their first experience of travelling to Asia and they adapted quickly to what is a challenging environment at times.
“They spent their days helping the Rosie May girls to develop their English language skills in fun and interesting ways and they even bought an inflatable limbo game, much to the girls’ delight.”
She added: “The girls loved them and Arron was quite a novelty as the volunteers we have are predominantly female.
“I think that for two young people to give up their annual leave to volunteer is a remarkable thing to do.
“I am very touched and would like to personally thank them for their time and most valuable contributions.”
A recruitment day for new volunteers is being held in January, when Arron and Lizzie, and others who have helped with the project and fundraised, will talk about their experience.
Anyone interested in joining the charity’s ethical volunteering programme, is invited to go online at www.rosie-may.com to reserve a place at the event.