A very special sculpture has been unveiled at St Leonard’s Hospice.
On St Leonard's Day (6th November), the Memory Tree was revealed at the Hospice in a special ceremony attended by Hospice staff and trustees, corporate supporters and invited guests including the Lord Mayor of York, Barbara Boyce. The ceremony included an Act of Dedication by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
The Memory Tree is a unique sculpture offering people the opportunity to purchase an engraved leaf to hang on the tree as a special way of remembering and celebrating a loved one. It is situated close to the main Hospice reception, discreetly placed on the wall outside the Family Room, where it is complemented by the newly landscaped gardens.
The tree can hold up to 350 leaves, in bronze, silver or gold, each of which can be inscribed with the name of a loved one as a wonderful and meaningful tribute to their memory. People can dedicate a leaf for an annual donation of £150 and can opt to have the leaf on the tree for 1, 2 or 3 years, after which there is a choice to donate again and renew, or have the leaf to keep as a memoir at home.
Annie Keogh, Fundraiser at St Leonard’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to be able to present the Memory Tree. It’s a wonderful way to remember and commemorate a loved one and we feel it is even more poignant having a permanent place for it at the Hospice where people can visit if they wish. We are very grateful to our generous sponsors for making it possible.”
The tree has been sponsored by a number of local businesses, including main sponsors J G Fielder and Son, John Wright Electrical, Shepherd Group and Walker Crips, and has been supported also by CEF and Pixelbuilders.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “It is my hope that this Memory Tree will be a Tree of Life and its leaves will bring great healing. I commend the creativity involved and it is a beautiful way of contributing to the work of the Hospice. I pray for the comfort that this will bring for many families who grieve for loved ones.”
You can find out more and dedicate a leaf here.