Tree of Life takes root in grounds of Rotherham hospice

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Weighing three tonne, standing three metres high and four metres wide, a stainless steel tree sculpture has taken root in the grounds of Rotherham Hospice.

Sculptor Steve Mehdi’s ‘Tree of Life’ is a piece of artwork which members of the public can add to as a way of remembering loved ones.

Engraved leaves can each be bought for £100 to remain on the tree for a year, for £250 for three years or for £500 for the lifetime of the artwork.

Bark panels can be bought for £3,000.

Colin Cawood-Campbell, head of fundraising at Rotherham Hospice, said: “For a long time we have wanted a special commemorative artwork within the Hospice grounds which would enable our patients’ families to remember their loved ones.

“It has been a long journey of several years and I cannot begin to express the elation and fulfilment I felt when we saw the tree being lowered into place on its concrete foundation this weekend.”

Sandra Robinson, from Moorgate, has bought a bark panel in memory of her husband, Chas, who lost a battle against lung cancer in September 2014.

She said: “I think it’s a wonderful idea to have a permanent reminder for Chas. I will be able to come back to the hospice for years to come, to see the tree and remember Chas.

“People hold the hospice in their hearts and this is a great way to give something back for the fantastic care we received.”

Peter Bradley, the hospice’s head of marketing, said “Anyone buying a leaf in memory of someone loved, is supporting someone you may never meet.

“Whichever way you chose to support the Tree of Life, you are helping the hospice be there for others at the time they need it most.”

Rotherham Hospice needs £5 million a year to provide services for terminally ill adults.