Friends and family of murdered schoolgirl Rosie May Storrie have held a children's ball in her home village of Bottesford in Leicestershire to raise funds for a home for orphaned girls in Bangalore, India.
Around 150 children from her home village came to the Rose May Day marquee party. Led by her dance teacher, they danced to her favourite routine as the funds raised helped her appeal past the £25,000 mark.
|Friends danced in Rosie May's memory|
Ten-year-old Rosie May was suffocated at a Christmas party in 2003. Now her parents want to raise £30,000 towards a home for orphaned girls in Bangalore. Her parents chose the cause after being caught up in the Asian tsunami disaster whilst on holiday.
Charity events ranging from car boot sales to large occasions such as the marquee party have been held to raise cash to help the orphans created by the Asian tsunami - but Rosie's family still find it hard to cope with her loss.
"A lot of closer friends and clearly the family are struggling and do every day. Each day does get a little bit better and I think this is a really significant day. This whole weekend has been significant," says family friend Sarah Wells.
|"Each day does get a little bit better and I think this is a really significant day. This whole weekend has been significant."|
Rosie May's friends got dressed up and danced to her favourites routines at the party in her memory. Rosie May's dance teacher, Nicky Sheridan, says the day was Rosie May down to the ground and that she would have enjoyed it.
"The children have made such an effort. There were lots of princesses running around with their tiaras on. It was her right down to the end. She would have been a beautiful little princess today," adds Nicky.
More fundraising events are planned for 2005 as the campaign nears its £30,000 target. You can watch a video of the May Day party by clicking on the link in the top right-hand corner of this page.
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