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The Rosemary Nutt Memorial Award

The late Rosemary Nutt, our friend and McCabe Director for more than 30 years, would have celebrated her 60th Birthday this week. We have chosen to mark this event by announcing the launch of the Rosemary Nutt Memorial Award.
Each year, McCabe Pilgrimages will donate £10,000 to charitable concerns that Rosemary might have supported. Her own charitable interests were directed towards disadvantaged children and young adults, animals and historic and ancient churches.
For this first year, in consultation with Rosemary’s family, we have decided to share the award between three charities which are highlighted below. Later in the year we hope to share news and pictures showing how the awards have been used.
In 2024 we will be inviting you to take part in the Rosemary Nutt Memorial Award by nominating projects for charities which reflect Rosemary’s passions. A panel including Rosemary’s family and McCabe staff will then decide which nominations receive a share of the £10,000 award donated by McCabe Pilgrimages.
Rosemary was a donor, champion and annual visitor to Society Biliki in Georgia. This year, the Memorial Fund will donate £3,750 to Biliki in addition to the money already raised by the McCabe Educational Trust in 2022. These funds will go towards the early years development of children with disabilities in Gori and Khashuri, and to the rehabilitation of older children in the region.
We are very pleased to have had our request to name a puppy in Rosemary’s memory approved by Guide Dogs UK. ‘Robson’ – a black Labrador puppy – will be named after Rosemary’s middle name and as soon as the litter arrives and the puppy is named we will share a picture. Rosemary was a regular donor to Guide Dogs UK and we are very grateful to be able to continue her generosity with this memorial gift of £2,500 to the society.
Nearly everyone who met or knew Rosemary, knew her life-long love of donkeys. So there could be no more natural recipient of the memorial fund than the Donkey Sanctuary. We are particularly thankful to be able to donate £3,750 to a project in Lalitpur, Nepal, where the sanctuary is working with local owners and charities to ensure that donkeys and mules working in the brick-kiln industrials are better protected, valued and cared for.
We will also be visiting the project on our upcoming pilgrimage to Nepal this October.