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The Pear Tree Centre

Introducing the Pear Tree Fund

The Pear Tree Fund offers emotional, physical and practical support to people reaching the end of their lives so that those who wish to can die in the comfort and security of their own homes.

Originally known as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund (HCNCF), the charity was set up in 1989 and is entirely funded by people’s generosity.

The Pear Tree Fund has two charitable objects:

  • Nursing care in the community.  To support people with a life-limiting illness who are registered with Cutlers Hill Surgery, by the provision of nursing care, practical support and equipment; and
  • Information and support at the Pear Tree Centre. To provide information and support at the Pear Tree Centre to people living in Halesworth and the surrounding area, who either themselves or a member of their family have a life limiting illness.

We are asking for your support to help us continue providing these vital services for people in our rural community.

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The Pear Tree Centre

Thank you!

Two of our volunteer trustees have retired after dedicating eight years to the Pear Tree Fund.

Ted Edwards

Ted Edwards and Frances Lloyd retired as trustees of the Pear Tree Fund in early 2021.

On behalf of everyone at the charity, we would like to say a big than you to them both for the expert financial and fundraising advice they have given us over the years, and their fantastic support which helped transform our dream of creating the Pear Tree Centre into a reality.

Thank you Ted and Frances and enjoy your well-earned retirement!

Frances Lloyd
The Pear Tree Centre

Support for people bereaved by coronavirus

We are currently offering counselling more widely to support those who have lost close friends and family as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

We are committed to supporting those who have been bereaved by COVID-19 or have life-limiting conditions as a result of a coronavirus infection. Please get in touch with the Pear Tree Centre if you would like more information.

If you are a qualified counsellor and would like to join our register, then please contact us by emailing peartreecentre@peartreefund.org or phoning 01986 899655. We have an established team working flexibly, offering both remote and face to face counselling. You choose the number of hours you can provide at the Pear Tree Centre, which offers a tranquil and rewarding place to work.

At the same time, we are reminding everyone in our local community to continue to follow the government advice on staying safe and well. Please wash your hands regularly, use a mask to cover your face and keep your distance from others.

If you have received a letter or text asking you to book a vaccination, please be sure to do so.

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Pear Tree Centre and Dee's Den reopen

The Pear Tree Centre and Dee's Den have reopened their doors following the latest coronavirus lockdown.

The centre has opened on an appointment-only basis from Monday 12 April.

The support available includes advice on finance and benefits, as well as help understanding a diagnosis, coping with bereavement, family services and complementary therapies. Counselling can also be arranged, including for people who have lost close friends and family as a result of COVID-19.

To book an appointment or get advice over the phone, call 01986 899655 or email peartreefund@peartreecentre.co.uk.

Anyone who does come to the centre will be asked to sanitise their hands and wear a face covering or mask.

Dee’s Den, our charity shop in Steeple End, Halesworth, has also reopened and is open daily between 10am and 1pm. Anyone who would like to make a donation is asked to only bring in items on Mondays and Thursdays.

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we have had to cancel many of our planned fundraising events, which means the charity will suffer a considerable loss of income.

During this time we would welcome all donations to help us continue to deliver signposting services, counselling and benefits advice in the community, which will be even more vital than ever:

  • A consultation with DANES, our disability advice service, costs £30
  • An hour of counselling costs £50
  • Benefits and form filling advice costs £30

Please click here if you can help.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

Peartree Centre Halesworth

The Pear Tree Fund's latest news

Learn what's happening in and around our fund.

Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week is held every year to encourage communities to come together and open up conversations around death, dying, bereavement and care. This year’s awareness week runs from May 10 to 16. We are supporting the event by ... Read More
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Pear Tree Centre to reopen

The Pear Tree Centre, which brings information and support closer to home for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families, will reopen on Monday 12 April. The centre, in Halesworth, will open on an appointment-only basis from 10am to 4pm ... Read More
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£15,000 boost for Suffolk charity

More people in north east Suffolk and south Norfolk will now be able to access specialist help to come to terms with bereavement or the diagnosis of a life-limiting illnesses after the Pear Tree Fund was awarded more than £15,000 ... Read More

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