A HANDCRAFTED sculpture named The Memory Tree has been unveiled at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice so friends and family can capture memories of loved ones by adding their names to the leaves.

Airedale Group have been supporters of the Oxenhope-based hospice over the years and in its recent venture has sponsored the memory tree art feature which can be found in the hospice’s ‘Garden to Reflect’.

Every leaf on the tree can be engraved with the name of someone special. By dedicating a leaf people can create a lasting way to remember someone while supporting Sue Ryder’s expert care into the future.

The sculpture was designed by Haworth artist and hospice supporter, Craig Dyson.

Martin Leighton, executive director at Airedale Group, said: “When we were approached about the project we absolutely wanted to be involved. The Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice Memory Tree is a wonderful way for families to share memories of their loved ones and we’re over the moon to be able to support the hospice’s amazing work in this way. The team touches so many people’s lives in the area that we’re happy to do all we can to help.”

Senior community fundraiser, Liv Moffat, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support that Airedale Group show to us, most recently through sponsoring the Memory Tree.

“Leaves can be dedicated to anyone who has died, not just those who have received care from Sue Ryder. We hope the Memory Tree and Garden to Reflect can offer a space of reflection and remembrance. "

She continued to thank everyone involved in the project addng: “We are immensely grateful to everyone who has supported us. The building work for the Memory Tree area in the Garden to Reflect was done by Tom Schofield and Haydn Reddihough with support from FB Guest Ltd, Dan Holmes, Steve Wadsworth, Ian Piper, Rhys Normington, Ian Kinsella and Phil Gray. Thank you for supporting such a moving project.”

If you would like to dedicate a leaf to someone on the Memory Tree or if you want more information, you can email manorlands.fundraising@sueryder.org or call 01535 640430.