Matthew’s Legacy Tree

295 leaves form the basis of the tree.  Fallen from the beech tree that stands sentinel over Matt’s grave, each leaf represents a person that has been screened by CRY at Garstang during 2019 in memory of Matthew

13 red hearts signify the number of screening days sponsored by Matt’s Fund to date

28 acorns nestled in the feathers represent those who have been referred by CRY from those screenings for potentially serious or fatal conditions

21 conkers highlight a further group of young people who have had letters of advice sent to their GP following a screening at Garstang

624 feathers incorporated in the design portray the approximate number of young people who lose their life to Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD) each year, of those;

12 falling down the tree remind us that each and every week in the UK alone 12 seemingly fit and healthy young people die from an undiagnosed heart condition

22 crystals, symbolize each year that Matthew shone in our lives

14 wooden buttons & items from his favourite places camouflaged on the tree denote just a few of the interests that were intrinsic to Matt

1 star crafted from Pussy Willow (signifying Good will & Motherhood) points in many directions as anyone, anywhere can be affected by YSCD.  The Christ child in the centre embodies the faith at the heart of Matt’s life

This tree has been created in celebration of Matthew’s love of nature 

and like life itself it is very fragile