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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 is an umbrella charity which has two objectives:

  • Providing nursing care and equipment to support terminally ill patients who are registered with Cutlers Hill Surgery in Halesworth to die in the comfort and security of their own homes.
  • Providing information and support to people living in north east Suffolk and south Norfolk who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses through the Pear Tree Centre, which opened in early 2020.

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

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Coronavirus update

To protect our staff and public during the coronavirus pandemic, we have temporarily closed the Pear Tree Centre and Dee's Den.

But although our doors may be shut, we are still here for you, your family and loved ones. We appreciate that this is an incredibly difficult time for all of us, but we are in it together and will get through it together.

During the coming weeks and months, we are continuing to offer support online and by telephone to people who need our help. We can signpost you for benefits or disability advice, to a dementia carer's support worker or arrange counselling to help you manage your feelings.

Anyone who needs to access our information and support services can call 01986 899655 or email peartreecentre@peartreefund.org

We're proud that 11 of our dedicated volunteers are working with Halesworth Volunteer Centre (HVC) to support vulnerable people in the local community by picking up groceries and medication, or offering companionship over the phone or dog walking services. If you could benefit from this kind of help, please contact HVC on 01986 875600 or email covid@halesworthvc.co.uk

We feel that it is really important to keep as much of the support we offer available to local people during this time, so are continuing to offer community-based palliative care to people registered with Cutlers Hill Surgery through the Pear Tree Fund. To access this support, please contact the surgery direct.

Anyone affected by cancer can also call Big C Cancer Charity's free helpline, on 0800 092 7640, from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday.

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we have unfortunately had to cancel all of our planned fundraising events over the summer, 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 for your understanding during what is a difficult time for all of us. We will reopen the centre and Dee's Den as soon as the government advises that it is safe to do so.

Please keep safe and look after yourself and your loved ones during this unprecedented time.

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.

Leading artist “proud” to support local charity

A leading textile artist has described her pride at being able to support a much-loved local charity after loaning several striking pieces of artwork to the Pear Tree Centre in Halesworth. Jo Budd, whose studio is in Bungay, has loaned ... Read More

Much-loved charity shop set to reopen

Volunteers at a much-loved charity shop which raises vital cash for the Pear Tree Fund have issued a rally cry asking for the public’s support when it reopens on Saturday (11 July) following the coronavirus pandemic. Dee’s Den, which is ... Read More
Peartree Centre

Pear Tree Centre opens its doors

A much-needed resource centre which will bring vital information and support closer to home for people with life-limiting illnesses has welcomed its first visitors thanks to the generosity of local people. The Pear Tree Centre, which is next to Cutlers ... Read More

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