Welcome to The Pear Tree Fund

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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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We've re-opened!

We have re-opened the Pear Tree Centre following the coronavirus pandemic.

We're delighted to announce that the Pear Tree Centre has now re-opened.

Initially we are asking visitors to book an appointment over the phone. For more information, please click here. Please also remember to wear a face mask and sanitise your hands when you arrive for your appointment. If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come in.

Dee's Den, our charity shop in Steeple End, is also open. You can find out more here.

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 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.

Aimee takes on virtual London Marathon

The assistant manager at a popular Suffolk pub will run the virtual London Marathon next month to raise funds for the Pear Tree Fund. Aimee Button, who works at the Queen’s Head in Bramfield, had originally planned to take on ... Read More
Pear Tree Centre

PTF trustee retires

Rachel Booth has retired as a trustee of the Pear Tree Fund after serving the charity for seven years. Rachel joined the board of trustees in 2013 following a career as a city lawyer, during which she specialised in commercial ... Read More
The Pear Tree Centre

Pear Tree Fund appoints new patron

A life peer with a wealth of experience of chairing NHS trusts and health authorities has been appointed as patron of the Pear Tree Fund. Elaine Murphy, Baroness Murphy of Aldgate, will take up her position immediately with the charity, ... Read More

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