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The Pear Tree Fund's history

Our charity was set up in 1989 after two community nurses heard about a young man who was in danger of being admitted into hospital to die, against his and his family’s wishes, as he was unable to get the funding he needed to remain at home.

The nurses – Jane Edwards and Nikki Sawkins – pledged to do whatever they could to stop this from happening again and started raising funds to allow people to die at home if they wished to.

Since then, the charity has provided care for hundreds of people registered with Cutlers Hill Surgery, giving them choice and helping reduce anxiety for their families at what can be a very difficult time.

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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
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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
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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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