Rosie – not forgotten

20 Feb

Hah! Thank you for the response to the Junior Doctors post. I’ve had a massive response and it’s good to know it’s struck a chord.  The thing is, this is our NHS. We all fund it and have a stake in it. It’s worth showing our support and lobbying where we can.

Now then, surprises are lovely things. These last few weeks there have been a lot of Rosie memories and mentions from all sorts of quarters. A particularly excellent contact came yesterday though from Peter Branson who is the Chief Executive ( is that his title? He’s Very Important, anyway.) of Forget Me Not Childrens Hospice in Yorkshire.

Rosie was very proud of her Yorkshire roots – she was born there and was half Yorkshire. And there is a glass brick in the hospice celebrating Rosie after some TKOE fundraising. Peter showed us round some time ago, but I never expected to get this – what follows are his own words:

“Hi Jo

I hope you and the family are well. It has been a very long time since I have been in touch, but I wanted to drop you a quick email. I have meant to for a while but something prompted me to do so now, as I will explain below.

I often think about something you said a long time ago about Rosie – that one of her fears was that she would be forgotten. I just wanted to let you know that in this small corner of Yorkshire her memory is still very much alive. The block in our Celebration Wall with her words on still shines brightly – and whenever I am showing the wall to anyone I always mention Rosie. But as well as that I thought I would let you know that her name is going to be mentioned next Monday somewhere special. You may have seen that a couple of years ago Princess Beatrice became our Patron – on Monday she is hosting a small lunch at Buckingham Palace for us (only the 2nd one she has done) and I am planning to mention Rosie in the speech I am giving at the event. I didn’t know her so I won’t be saying much about her, but I will be mentioning her briefly – and I thought I would let you know ”

Isnt that just so thoughtful and unexpected and well, just , heart-warming? So, a public thank you to Peter. I hope Monday goes well.

😀😀😀

Jo

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Rosie – not forgotten”

  1. Kath February 20, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    Rosie’s memory lives on!
    Think they had a fire recently at the hospice so they’re currently fundraising madly to try and get back to normal.

  2. Deborah Crosby February 22, 2016 at 7:03 am #

    That is so lovely. I’m sure your ears will be burning!

  3. scillylover February 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    A ringing endorsement of the Rosie effect. Impact like that won’t be forgotten and will be the stuff of legend for generations. x

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