Tree of Life celebrates loved ones lost in Sunderland

Valerie Wilkes, of Barmston, Washington, who bought the first 'leaf' on the Tree of Life, at the Age Uk Bradbury Centre, Stockton Road, Sunderland.
Valerie Wilkes, of Barmston, Washington, who bought the first 'leaf' on the Tree of Life, at the Age Uk Bradbury Centre, Stockton Road, Sunderland.
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MEMORIES have taken root through an artwork which celebrates loved ones lost and major milestones.

The Tree of Life, commissioned by Age UK from the city’s National Glass Centre, will collect acknowledgements from people across Wearside on its glass leaves in a lasting tribute.

The 7ft tall feature spans 8ft across, with its design inspired by an oak tree.

It is now fixed on a wall in the charity’s Bradbury Centre, Stockton Road.

Director of Age UK Sunderland, Allan Patchett, said: “Everybody who has seen it so far loves it, and the response has been really positive.

“We want people to buy a leaf to support the charity, and firms can buy one to acknowledge their presence in the city.

“We want people to get in touch because anyone who wants to see it can come in and have a look.”

The tree, made at the glass centre, was unveiled by the Mayor, Councillor Bob Heron, at a ceremony attended by guests including Echo editor John Szymanski.

Allan launched the artwork after seeing something similar made in metal. People are now being invited to buy a leaf, which will then be engraved at the glass centre and refixed to the tree.

Allan added: “It’s a great opportunity for people to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or to remember someone.”

The leaves cost £120 each.

For information, tel: 514 1131.