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Memorial tree planted as a reminder of Amber

Mike and Lorimer Fink, Amber's parents, Marilyn Tucker (Amber's friend from the Community Church), Lutterworth Mayor Bob Howes and Pat McVay and John Turner (tree wardens).

Mike and Lorimer Fink, Amber's parents, Marilyn Tucker (Amber's friend from the Community Church), Lutterworth Mayor Bob Howes and Pat McVay and John Turner (tree wardens).

A tree has been planted in memory of a young woman who died following a long battle with breast cancer.

The scarlet hawthorn tree has been planted in Lutterworth in memory of Amber Baxter, nee Fink.

She died at Leicester hospice Loros in August 2012 after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer. Amber and her husband David had lived in Lutterworth for five years.

She was active in the town’s community church and the Fair Trade Society and the tree was planted in High Street street just before Christmas.

Amber’s dad Mike Fink said: “The location of the tree is the bank with the white horses, on the approach to the town via High Street.

“All the permissions, organisation and suggestions for an appropriate tree were done by the Lutterworth town tree wardens, for who we are very grateful.

“We are delighted by the fact that we were joined by Lutterworth Mayor Bob Howes during the planting.”

Others present at the tree-planting ceremony were Mr Fink and Amber’s mum Lorimer Fink, Marilyn Tucker, a friend from the community church, and Lutterworth tree wardens Pat McVay and John Turner.

Amber grew up in Market Harborough and attended both Welland Park College and Robert Smyth School and moved to Lutterworth shortly after meeting her husband, who she had met through her friend Mel Baxter when she was a teenager. The couple were married for nearly nine years before Amber died in 2012 at the age of 33.

She worked as an occupational therapist in Chesterfield and then at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital.

There was a family fun day held in her name in Harborough last year organised by Amber’s friend, Amber Mackay.

The event raised money for Loros and the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

The two organisations were of great help to Amber and her family. Amber’s husband David Baxter also took on a section of the Tour De France last year to raise money for the charities with his brother and a small group of friends.

Mr Fink added: “We are very pleased with the location of the tree and know that many will think of Amber as they pass by. In the spring, the tree should have a lovely blossom and will be a fitting and lasting memorial to her.”

 

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