Rosie Gilbert

After hearing of Rosie’s passing, the English team started recalling memories and photos we had of Rosie and it was and is so clear how loved she was by all. There were her trips to the English office where she would come out with the most amazing quip and leave us all in a brilliant stunned silence. There were the very infrequent but impassioned sudden swear words that would throw us off guard and leave us in fits of giggles. And there was of course the previously mentioned trip to Switzerland and the infamous swim in the freezing cold lake!

But most recently I found a WhatsApp group from this trip and I read through the messages from Rosie, which was both lovely and heartbreaking at the same time, and the one thing that stuck with me was that she was concerned, due to her being at the beginning of her illness, that she would slow us up. I believe this perfectly sums up the thoughtfulness, compassion and kindness she always had for others and I will always remember her for this. 

Charlotte Simpson

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