Our team

The Pear Tree Fund

The Pear Tree Centre

Our team

The Pear Tree Fund is run by a dedicated team of staff, who are supported by our fantastic volunteers. They are:

Seva Newrick

Seva Newrick

Centre manager

Seva has worked in the care sector in east Suffolk for the past 30 years, during which time she has developed extensive knowledge of the local area and strong working relationships with a variety of different charities and community organisations. She joined our charity from a local care agency based in the town.

“I have always been very passionate about the Pear Tree Fund," said Seva. "It’s a dream come true to have been appointed as centre manager and I feel very proud.

“I’m looking forward to being able to make a difference and offering a warm welcome to everyone who visits the Pear Tree Centre.”

Michelle Cheesbrough

Michelle Cheesbrough

Wellbeing and support coordinator

Prior to joining the Pear Tree Fund, Michelle has built up 40 years experience in healthcare. She has worked as a registered nurse, is a holistic health practitioner, health coach and yoga teacher. Michelle continues to teach yoga and yoga therapy and has an interest in long-term health conditions.

“What attracted me to working at the centre was that it takes a holistic view of people's health and is a place where people can be supported and listened to,” said Michelle.

“I enjoy working as part of a team where skills are shared. The Pear Tree Fund provides a vital service that holds a special place in the heart of the community.”

Claire Boyne

Claire Boyne

Finance manager

Before joining the Pear Tree Fund, Claire spent 10 years as the town clerk and responsible financial officer for Beccles Town Council. Prior to this she worked at the district council where she progressed from a trainee role to a senior accountant position with responsibility for capital expenditure and treasury management. 

Claire has also acted as the secretary and treasurer for two Corton charities over the past 13 years.

"I am in awe of the work of the charity and the support it offers to the community," said Claire. "I very much look forward to contributing to its ongoing success.”

Carol Shaw

Carol Shaw

Lead therapist

Carol is a MBACP accredited integrative psychotherapist with more than 27 years of clinical experience within the NHS and private practice.

"I work one day a week at the Pear Tree Centre, which is a tranquil setting where you can explore in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space any concerns, difficulties or blocks you maybe experiencing that cause long term effects on your private, personal, family or working life," said Carol.

"My therapy is individualised for every client, and combines proven effective counselling techniques to help you make better sense of the issues affecting your health and wellbeing.

"I work with individuals, couples and children to promote transformation and balance."

Anita Kirk

Anita Kirk

Admin assistant

Anita joined our team from a local builder’s merchants, where she spent 24 years as branch administrator with a focus on delivering excellent customer services.

She brings with her extensive local knowledge after living in the area for the past 30 years.

“I am so pleased to be part of the Pear Tree Fund and believe the centre is a much-needed asset which will bring huge benefits to the people of Halesworth and the surrounding areas,” said Anita.

“I’m excited and proud to be part of this new venture.”

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Emma Thurbon

Wellbeing and support coordinator

Emma joined the Pear Tree Fund team in summer 2023.  She brings with her 20y years' experience in healthcare after working as an emergency medical technician, first aid trainer and COVID-19 vaccinator.

"What attracted me to working at the centre was that it is open to all ages and a supporting ear when needed most," said Emma. "It is a safe and enjoyable place to come and serves the local community on many levels.

"I enjoy working as part of a team whilst meeting lots of different people with many stories to tell."

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Dedicated duo bid farewell

A husband-and-wife team who have helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for the Pear Tree Fund are retiring after together clocking up nearly 45 years’ service with the charity. Ted and Jane Edwards will step down as trustees of ... Read More

Generous grant to help the community get cooking

People who have lost a loved one can now socialise with others and boost their wellbeing by taking part in special cooking classes organised by the Pear Tree Fund. The ‘cooking for one’ sessions will give people who have recently ... Read More

PTF’s thanks for golfers’ support

Generous golfers have presented the Pear Tree Fund with a cheque for £2,000 to help the charity continue its vital work supporting local people with life-changing illnesses. The donation comes after Rob Sherington, men’s captain at Halesworth Golf Ltd, selected ... Read More

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