A beautiful, sculpted tree with bronze, silver and gold-effect leaves now takes pride of place in the recently-renovated reception of St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.
The Donor Tree – which has 456 elegant leaves – grew before the eyes of patients, staff, volunteers and visitors as it was installed in just one day (Friday 3rd May).
In return for a donation, individuals or companies can dedicate a leaf on the tree to a special person to celebrate, remember or honour them. Leaves can also be dedicated to a company name.
Fundraising Manager, Rachel Jones, said, “The tree looks stunning in situ at the hospice and is a visual representation of how hospice care is growing in St Richard’s and across the Worcestershire community. Donations to the tree will also give St Richard’s essential income to help fund our hospice care for years to come.”
The Donor Tree was created by designer Claudia Ashley-Brown and kindly sponsored by A44 Tyre Shop & A44 Exhausts.
St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,300 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.
St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations for three quarters of its annual £8.8m income with the remainder from the NHS.
The hospice is also raising funds for the Build 2020 Appeal and is part way through developing a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire. The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.