Breast Cancer chari-tree celebrations

Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands – the charity supporting women and their families affected by breast cancer – has this week launched a celebration tree at its centre on St. Bernard’s Road in Solihull to mark its first birthday and another major milestone.

The tree, which takes pride of place in the centre’s Orangery, is a piece of original artwork by artist Claudia Ashley-Brown and contains a combination of 450 gold, silver and bronze leaves which can be inscribed with a message to mark a special occasion or anniversary.

Breast Cancer Haven’s Fundraising Manager, Amanda Elliott said “Our beautiful celebration tree is at the heart of our centre. The number of leaves on the tree represents the number of women who have been supported by the charity since opening its doors just 12 months ago and is something that we’re really proud of.

“Life’s special moments need to be celebrated and our tree gives people the opportunity to purchase a leaf to mark their own achievement or milestone whether it be a special birthday or the end of their treatment.

“It’s a great opportunity for friends and family to show others they’re proud of their achievements too.”

Claudia Ashley Brown said: “It was a pleasure to create the wall mounted Celebration Tree sculpture. The Orangery at Breast Cancer Haven in Solihull is a bright, welcoming space which enhances the reflectiveness of the metallic leaves.

“It still excites me when a design that has been conceived on screen is finally built, piece by piece and spreads across the wall. You can never really know how the light play in a space will bring something to life, creating reflections and shadows on the wall.

“It was great watching people’s reactions as they walked past, seeing the finished sculpture for the first time.”

The tree was officially launched this week by Mary Rhodes, BBC Midlands Today presenter and Chair of the Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands Development Board to mark the centre’s first birthday.

For more information about the tree, the support available for those affected by breast cancer, or to purchase a leaf please pop into Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands on St. Bernard’s Road, Solihull or visit: