Former Director of Age UK Sunderland, Alan Patchett returned to the Bradbury Centre to see a commemorative leaf unveiled in his name.

For almost 15 years, Alan worked to ensure that Age UK Sunderland promoted and supported the wellbeing of all older people throughout the City to improve their quality of life and help them maintain independence.

His successor Tracy Buck said “Alan has been a vital part of Age UK Sunderland for the last 15 years and has ensured throughout his time with the organisation that a firm foundation has been built.  The Trustees wanted to ensure that Alan is recognised for the part he has played and a leaf on our Tree of Life is a fitting tribute to this”.

The Tree of Life is a striking glass sculpture that was commissioned from the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland to grace the wall in the Bradbury Centre. It celebrates and perpetuates the long tradition of glassmaking in the city.

The Tree is also a way of marking events and memories. Anyone can buy a leaf to engrave to celebrate an event in life such as a milestone, wedding anniversary or birthday or to commemorate a special memory of a loved one.

Each leaf costs £120 and that price includes the inscription being engraved on the leaf.

All profits from the tree go directly to support the work of Age UK Sunderland here in the city.

For more information on how to buy a leaf please contact the Bradbury Centre on 0191 514 1131 or email

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