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'Celebrate the life of a loved one'

Donate 15 for a leaf to be engraved with your personalised message and fixed to the Tree of Life Sculpture

You can now also purchase an additional Tree of Life leaf to keep as a symbol of remembrance at home

Plaque acknowledging The League of Friends gift of the 'Tree of Life' sculpture Tree of Life sculpture in the courtyard Close-up of leaves seen underneath the canopy
Plaque acknowledging The League of Friends gift of the 'Tree of Life' sculpture The 'Tree of Life' in the courtyard Close-up of leaves seen from underneath the canopy

To take part in the leaf engraving scheme

Complete our online donation application form

If you would prefer a paper form sent to you, please email charity@qehkl.nhs.uk or call 01553 613309

The origins of the 'Tree of Life'

Thanks to the great generosity of the League of Friends charity, a unique tree sculpture was commissioned and gifted to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn.

Heike Schaefer was working as an end-of-life care facilitator for the Trust and she was inspired by art installations in other hospitals that honour life.
Heike stated, "I noticed that there was no place where relatives could retreat, celebrate the lives of their loved ones and celebrate what their lives meant to them."

The hospital has created a dedicated Tree of Life courtyard for patients, families, visitors and staff where they can sit down and enjoy its splendour.

The project was funded by League of Friends charity. The League of Friends is a registered charity (No. 207406) and since 1953, its band of volunteers have raised millions of pounds which have been spent for the hospital. They continue to buy specialist equipment and fund projects to enhance the environment and further improve patient care. Any donations to the League of Friends is greatly appreciated.

Sculpted by Mark Reed, a local artist, the tree stands at 4.6 metres tall by 4.8 metres wide and is designed to celebrate life in our community with its 2,000 stainless-steel leaves. Everyone is invited to sit on the benches surrounding the sculpture in this peaceful corner of the hospital.