Tribute tree takes root at St Peter’s Hospital

THOSE unfortunate enough to require a visit to hospital over the festive period will have been among the first to see a vibrant new piece of artwork on display.

A special commemorative event at St Peter’s Hospital recently marked the unveiling of the stunning new installation, to recognise the precious gift given by organ donors.

The bespoke copper sculpture, entitled A Memory Tree for Organ Donors, was designed and created by Neil Brown of Hot Metal Works in London.

On hand to reveal Neil’s unique design was Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Derek Cotty, alongside Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Suzanne Rankin.

The event was also well attended by families whose loved ones have donated organs, and staff involved in organ donation.
Speaking before the unveiling, Suzanne said: “The sculpture is designed to commemorate the significant and amazing gift given by families, whose loved ones were patients at St Peter’s.

“It is a unique creation, a really beautiful and thought-provoking piece of art, which we hope will provide a lasting memorial and tribute for our patients, families, visitors and staff.

“Organ donation is a life changing gift and we are all incredibly grateful for the selflessness of donors and their families.”
A new permanent feature at the hospital, the tree is positioned in a prominent and busy location close to the Intensive Care Unit.

Featuring on the copper-cast tree are emotive words, such as ‘hope’, ‘joy’ and ‘dignity’.

Designer Neil says he selected copper as the material ‘as the colour pagination brings forth a rich and mellow range of beautiful shades, from orange to purple to blue’.

The eye-catching piece stands  at 2.1 metres high, weighs around 30 kilograms and took approximately three months to design and build.

Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at the Trust, Dr Pardeep Gill, added: “We have made great strides in organ donation at the trust in recent years due to the hard work and dedication of our Specialist Nurses. To sign up to the register go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk.”

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