Remembering Robert Rose as Rooftop Terrace opens
The late Robert Rose was known within Encirc as a colossus of a man, revered and respected in equal measure.
Robert’s sad passing in January 2021 has undoubtedly left a void in the entire Encirc team but there is a determination to ensure he will never be forgotten.
When Robert was asked how best we could support him and the hospital that cared so wonderfully for him, he suggested a skydive, something he had always wanted to do but never got the chance.
The gauntlet was thrown, and quickly accepted.
Hence, in September 2019, some members of the Encirc leadership team took up the daunting challenge of a tandem skydive from 15,000 feet.
Adrian Curry, Sean Murphy, Fiacre O’Donnell, Rob Turvey and James Currie were joined by Robert’s granddaughter Amber as well as a former employee Andrew Morris to take the ultimate leap in support of their friend and colleague.
A superb fundraising effort ensued that totally encapsulated the respect in which Robert was held, raising an amazing final total of £40,000 in the process.
It was decided that one of the rooftop greenspaces at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre would be dedicated to Robert Rose in tribute to this tremendous fundraising effort.
So, on Wednesday, September 13, exactly four years to the day from throwing themselves out of an airplane, it was with a great deal of pride and honour that the intrepid skydivers and members of the Encirc leadership team were on hand to join Robert’s widow Isabel and Amber at the opening of the Rooftop Terrace.
The Terrace is on the Young Teenagers & Adults Ward at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool.
The group enjoyed a full tour of the Cancer Centre which does such great work for those of all ages living with cancer. This included the Winter Garden, a beautiful outdoor space in the basement of the hospital where a Primevera Tree is situated, designed by local artist and sculptor Emma Rodgers. A dove was placed on the tree in Robert’s memory.
Encirc Managing Director, Adrian Curry said: “I had the honour of working very closely with Robert since 1998. We worked, travelled, socialised and even shared a house together during that time. He is still sadly missed and remembered every day.”