Rose cup of tea

In an update to our blog post in June, Castle Lane Day Nursery are hugely saddened to report the death of our dearly loved Rose Darnbrough, who passed away peacefully on Sunday Morning 27th November.

Rose, who worked at the nursery for years in various rooms as well as the After School Club and Holiday Clubs, was diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease known as about Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD), in March last year.

A much loved team member, Rose also ran Market Harborough Gymnastics Club for well over 20 years and was incredibly passionate about funding for local causes and people.

Castle Lane Co-director Harriet Gray said “Rose was well-loved by parents and children alike. Market Harborough gymnastics was a big part of Rose’s life. She dedicated every Tuesday and Thursday evening, as well as every Saturday to the club and taught so many children to handstand and roly poly! Thousands of children have been through the club over the years – all with their own memories and stories.”

Harriet went on to add “Rose has been like a second mum to me. She has supported me through motherhood and always been a listening ear. Her sense of humour was fantastic and she always had a brilliant, fun-loving attitude to life, making me laugh continuously! Her passing has left us devastated. We simply cannot imagine life without her.”

Rose fish and chips

Rose leaves a loving and supportive family, comprising her husband John, daughter Sian and granddaughter Freddi. Thanking everyone for their support, Sian said “We have been blown away with the amount of love shown for Mum. As a family, we are completely devastated by the loss of our Rosie. Nothing could explain the sadness we are feeling but we are also comforted that she is finally free from this evil condition. I would wish it on no one and no family having to watch their loved one go through it, knowing there’s no treatment and nothing that can be done – it’s completely soul destroying.

“That’s why we have chosen the PSPA for donations in mum’s memory. They do such amazing work supporting individuals, their families and friends through this awful time, as well as research into treatments, causes and understanding this very rare condition.

“We look forward to welcoming you all to both the funeral and the wake, to celebrate the wonderful life of my mum.

Rose’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 13th December,1.30pm at Great Glen Crematorium.

Said added “Will be at the Roebuck in Market Harborough from 3pm onwards. If you can’t make the service you are more than welcome to join us at the wake. We want to celebrate our Rosie’s life with everyone who loved her. Please share with everyone you feel needs to know.”

Christmas tree

How to make a donation in memory of Rose Darnbnrough to PSPA

If you would like to make a donation to the charity that supports people with CBD, like Rose, you can donate via our JustGiving page:

Alternatively, any cash donations can be dropped off at the Castle Lane office.

For more information about CBD

To find out more information about Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) and the charity set up to support sufferers and their families, please visit

PSPA is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of people living with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD). They provide information and support for people affected by PSP and CBD whilst funding research into the causes, treatment, and eventually a cure.