Age UK Sunderland officially launched the Tree of Life at the Bradbury Centre, in November 2013. The Mayor of Sunderland, Cllr Robert Heron performed the opening ceremony, accompanied by the Mayoress, Mrs Juliana Heron.
The Tree of Life is a striking glass sculpture that was commissioned from the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland. The Tree of Life graces the wall of the Mary Cowell Room in our Bradbury Centre. It celebrates and perpetuates the long tradition of glassmaking in the city.
The Tree is also a way of marking event and memories. Anyone can buy a leaf of the tree celebrate an event in life such as a milestone wedding anniversary or birthday, to commemorate a special memory or remember the life of an individual. Each leaf costs £120 and that price includes the inscription being engraved on the leaf.
Any profits from the tree go directly to support the work of Age UK Sunderland in the city.
Alan Patchett, former Director of Age UK Sunderland said “We are delighted with the finished artwork from the National Glass Centre, it is absolutely stunning. Buying a leaf of this beautiful tree is an enchanting way to capture and preserve forever a memory and a wonderful way to support our work for older people in Sunderland.