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The Pear Tree Centre

Introducing the Pear Tree Fund

The Pear Tree Fund offers vital information, advice and holistic support to people with life-changing illnesses or long-term conditions, and families and carers. 

We provide a wide range of services to people living in East Suffolk and neighbouring parts of Mid Suffolk and South Norfolk. 

From our tranquil and welcoming base at the purpose-built Pear Tree Centre in the heart of Halesworth, we offer everything from a cup of tea and listening ear to sessions with our qualified counsellors.

Working closely with the voluntary sector, community groups and partner charities to we put the right help in place to meet each needs of the whole family.

We pride ourselves on walking alongside people on their journey and offering local support when they need it the most.

Our charity also provides nursing care, as well as emotional, physical and practical support to people reaching the end of their lives so that they can die in the comfort and security of their own homes.

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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

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“I cannot thank them enough”

Two families who have received vital support from the Pear Tree Fund while caring for loved ones have spoken of their gratitude and urged others in a similar situation not to be afraid to ask for help. Lin Davies and ... Read More

Celebrating our dedicated volunteers

The Pear Tree Fund is paying tribute to its base of loyal volunteers by hosting two special thank you events during national Volunteers Week. The charity will hold coffee and cake drop-ins for its volunteers at the Pear Tree Centre ... Read More
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Pear Tree Fund appoints its first chief executive

The Pear Tree Fund’s first chief executive has spoken of his excitement at taking on the role and leading the much-loved charity into its next chapter so that it can support even more people with life-limiting illnesses. Kevin Vaughan, who ... Read More

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