New Year Honours List 2017
I am extremely surprised and deeply humbled to be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) ‘For services to charity and reduction of knife crime among young people in Walsall, West Midlands.’ I definitely feel that it is not mine alone, it is just as much for my husband Sean and everyone who has been part of our journey over the past 15 years. Everything Sean and I have done over that time has been because of what happened to our precious daughter Rosemarie, so it is for her too.
Establishing a charity in memory of Rosie is not something we could have done on our own. The love and support of our family, friends and local people is what that has made the charity so successful and made such a positive impact on so many young lives in the area.
Sharing what happened to Rosie on that fateful day in 2001 and the effects knife crime has had, and continues to have on our everyday lives, has at times been difficult to convey, but I believe it’s a fact that needs to be told, in the hope that it strikes a chord with at least one person and perhaps in doing so prevents another life being taken and a family left to cope with the devastation of losing a much loved child.
We are sure Rosie, like her brother Alex, would be very proud of us and also of all the incredible people who have been with us and supported us in numerous ways over the years.
Although our fundraising for Rosie’s Helping Hands is coming to an end, we shall be making grants and donations to local children and young people’s voluntary groups in the area for some time to come. We shall continue to be very much involved with local charities and play an active part in helping them to make a positive difference to people’s lives. Karen Ross MBE!!!