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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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Tommy to complete fundraising endurance challenge in memory of his father-in-law

Tommy Williams-Green is completing four miles, every four hours for 48 hours in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice and The Pear Tree Fund, who supported his father-in-law Clive Roose, who lived in Halesworth, before his death in April 2022. Tommy, ... Read More

Special event to support people’s health and wellbeing

A special event which will shine a spotlight on the wide range of services, support and activities which are available in the Halesworth area to boost people’s health and wellbeing has been organised by the Pear Tree Fund. The Halesworth ... Read More

Pear Tree Centre throws open its doors

People from east Suffolk and neighbouring areas are being invited to find out more about the free services offered by the Pear Tree Fund, meet its friendly staff and volunteers and enjoy refreshments and live music at a special open ... Read More

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