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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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Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week is held every year to encourage communities to come together and open up conversations around death, dying, bereavement and care. This year’s awareness week runs from May 10 to 16. We are supporting the event by ... Read More
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Pear Tree Centre to reopen

The Pear Tree Centre, which brings information and support closer to home for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families, will reopen on Monday 12 April. The centre, in Halesworth, will open on an appointment-only basis from 10am to 4pm ... Read More
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£15,000 boost for Suffolk charity

More people in north east Suffolk and south Norfolk will now be able to access specialist help to come to terms with bereavement or the diagnosis of a life-limiting illnesses after the Pear Tree Fund was awarded more than £15,000 ... Read More

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