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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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Joining forces to start positive conversations

The Pear Tree Fund and Kinda Education have joined forces to run a year-long programme exploring memory, life and death following the success of a special woodland memorial event held earlier in the autumn. The partnership will see monthly events ... Read More

“The support I’ve received has been life-changing”

A Suffolk artist has thanked the Pear Tree Fund for the “life-changing” support he received during his cancer treatment by creating an original piece of artwork to appear on a Christmas card to raise money for the charity. John Appleton, ... Read More

Help us map Halesworth’s treasures

People living in Halesworth and the surrounding areas are being invited to join the Pear Tree Fund on two special walks to map out the local treasures which help them through tough times. Called ‘asset walks’, the events will take ... Read More

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