The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a specially-commissioned sculpture that stands in the grounds of Wakefield Hospice. Its 12 branches, each representing a month of the year, hold more than 400 leaves. A leaf on the Tree can be dedicated to a loved one for a minimum donation of £55.

You can dedicate a leaf to anyone, even if you don't have a direct link to the hospice, and whether you've been bereaved recently or some time ago. Your donation to dedicate a leaf will help ensure that future patients and their relatives will benefit from the hospice's support at their time of need.

Your leaf and disc will stay on the Tree for 12 months, after which you will receive them as a lasting tribute to keep at home. Please note that the leaves on the Tree will weather naturally with the passing seasons. At the end of its time on the Tree, you're welcome to renew your donation and dedicate another leaf if you wish.

Your dedication
To dedicate a leaf please complete our online form via the button below or call our fundraising team on 01924 331401.
A special place

The Tree’s woodland setting provides a calm atmosphere, in which the sights and sounds of nature can evoke fond memories of playing in a garden as a child or enjoying a garden as an adult. The symbolism of the Tree of Life is reflected in this extract from a poem by Bryant H McGill. 
‘Like leaves we have a season 
We press through life so fast and no-one knows the reason that youth and life can’t last
Accept your place in nature, the truth you will then plainly see
We’re but a melody in one grand overture, like the rustling leaves of a tree’

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Dedicate a leaf
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Visit the Tree
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History
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Support for you
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We hope this donation will help you to continue the superb work carried out by all staff. We will also enjoy visiting the tree when the leaf is attached. Very fitting for a man who was a head groundsman and avid gardener!
Fiona Hughes, who has dedicated a leaf to her father Trevor Hall