Remembering Rosemary Leaf: Bench unveiled at Charity head office
20 Jul 2017
Rosemary Leaf, one of the Charity’s most passionate and dedicated supporters, has been remembered at the National Osteoporosis Society head office, near Bath, with the unveiling of a memorial bench.
Rosemary became involved with the Charity having been diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2001 – 11 years after her first fracture – and was an original founder of the Yeovil & District Support Group. Suffering several further fractures over the years, including to her collar bone, ribs and spine, Rosemary developed a bent spine and neck.
Despite her condition, Rosemary remained a dedicated and long-standing member of the Support Group committee. She was a willing case study for the Charity, appearing on osteoporosis awareness posters and in the Winter issue of Osteoporosis News in 2011. In the same year, Rosemary attended the Charity’s 25th anniversary celebrations at Clarence House, where she met and chatted with President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
After a long battle with multiple sclerosis (MS) and osteoporosis, Rosemary sadly passed away in May 2016, aged 83.
Members of the Yeovil and District Support Group committee, along with some of Rosemary’s closest friends, visited the Camerton site to officially dedicate the bench, which overlooks the Charity’s garden and countryside beyond. The Support Group, it's regular members and friends of Rosemary held a special collection in her memory, to fund the bench.
Lin Toulson, Regional Development Manager for the South West said:
“It is very rare for the Charity to do this but Rosemary did so much for the charity and the support group. She was an absolute delight to know and work with, that the group’s committee and members very much wanted to do something special in Rosemary’s memory. It is beautiful.”
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