Rob was interwoven into the fabric of Help Bristols Homeless - he was part of the furniture - being involved in so many aspects of all we have achieved since 2017. He was an ambassador, a mentor, an advocate. He attributed HBH with saving his life. Whilst he was with us he touched the hearts of so many, sharing his story, reaching others, and was a fierce proponent of HBH charity. He had a unique insight of the lived experience of being homeless and of turning a life around. Rob could cook. His Sunday roasts are legendary. His barbecues were fantastic. Everyone enjoyed his culinary skills, his banter, his no nonsense, get on with it approach.
His passing has come as a huge blow to us all.
We want to pay tribute to Rob.
We are launching this fund raiser in his honour to create 'Rob's Place' as his legacy.
Below are some messages from people who have met Rob.
"To our friends at Help Bristol’s Homeless:
On behalf of our colleagues at Canada Life we want to extend our deepest condolences regarding the passing of Robert Earnshaw.
Ellen, Martyn and I, had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Rob when touring your container homes and discussing how we might get involved as a company.
We truly appreciated his welcoming way, insights, time spent explaining the impact of the work that you do, and particularly his personal experiences.
Our thoughts are with you – we’re saddened by this loss for you and the community."
"I first met Rob a few years ago when HBH used to perform a weekly outreach service. Rob was always well presented, polite and grateful for all we done for him. Around this time rob was living in Leigh Woods in a tent and the weather was absolutely freezing. Our project was in its early days, but we had a caravan and had started the container project. Time and time again Rob expressed that he had had enough of living the way he was. He was tired, cold and had no real purpose. Jasper would say to him that he had a place with us at HBH when he was ready to make that change. Finally one day he accepted our offer and joined us at HBH on Malago road. We were so pleased for him. Rob remained with us until he sadly passed.
I always found Rob to be a very kind and considerate man. He was always happy to help with the project wherever he could. Rob had a great way with people. He could talk for England! He had the ability to build a rapport as soon as he met anyone and for me, this was one of his greatest attributes. He liked nothing better than to meet and greet visitors to the site. He was a well liked and respected man that built up quite the fan base. As a qualified chef Rob was more than happy to take on the role for us at HBH and he enjoyed showing us what he could do in the kitchen. His Sunday roasts were amazing and will be missed by the residents on site.
Rob always greeted me with a smile whenever I went to the project. He was very proud of what we had achieved and to be a part of that. He made that clear to us in his actions and words. Rob was given the chance to turn his life around and I can whole heartedly say that he grasped that chance with both hands and he done it. He turned his life around and he had a purpose.
Rob’s passing has come as a big shock. I will sadly miss him a great deal.
This fund raiser is being launched in honour of Rob to create a memorial in his name. We would like to build another micro home ‘Rob’s Place’, in the hope of giving someone else the chance to turn their life around."