Tree planted in memory of Harborough woman

Gardener Steve Tilley. with Amber's sister Heather Berry (with baby Sebastian Berry) and mum Lorimer Fink
Gardener Steve Tilley. with Amber's sister Heather Berry (with baby Sebastian Berry) and mum Lorimer Fink

A blossom tree has now been planted in Harborough’s Welland Park in memory of a 33-year-old woman who died of cancer.

The tree was planted for occupational therapist Amber Baxter (née Fink), who died in August 2012 after a two-and-a-half year battle with breast cancer.

Amber grew up in Market Harborough with her two sisters Lorimer and Heather, and was a former pupil of the town’s Church of England Primary School in Fairfield Road, Welland Park College and Robert Smyth School.

As an occupational therapist, she worked at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital.

After marrying David Baxter, she lived in Market Harborough and Fleckney, before settling in Lutterworth.

Amber’s parents Lorimer and Mike Fink, live in Market Harborough.

Mum Lorimer said: “Bereavement’s a funny thing, you know, and to us the time since Amber died feels very short.

“We wanted to remember her in this way because she was young – and as I say that I feel the tears rise up – and also because she loved being out of doors and we wanted people to see this and rejoice in her memory.”

Under the roots of the tree, which is a Prunus Accolade, is a box containing a picture of Amber and some Bible verses.

A plaque beside the tree reads: “Amber Baxter (née Fink), 1979 – 2012.

“A beautiful and loving Christian. Funny, unique and very special.

“She shared her life with so many friends and family who all loved her dearly.”

Her mum said Amber loved her work, church life, walking and art.

And she added: “We hope the tree will bring pleasure to many people and be a beautiful reminder of a beautiful girl and woman to all family and friends.”

Last year, the family also planted a tree in Lutterworth, where Amber was very well-known.

The scarlet hawthorn tree is in the town’s High Street.