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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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“I cannot thank them enough”

Two families who have received vital support from the Pear Tree Fund while caring for loved ones have spoken of their gratitude and urged others in a similar situation not to be afraid to ask for help. Lin Davies and ... Read More

Celebrating our dedicated volunteers

The Pear Tree Fund is paying tribute to its base of loyal volunteers by hosting two special thank you events during national Volunteers Week. The charity will hold coffee and cake drop-ins for its volunteers at the Pear Tree Centre ... Read More
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Pear Tree Fund appoints its first chief executive

The Pear Tree Fund’s first chief executive has spoken of his excitement at taking on the role and leading the much-loved charity into its next chapter so that it can support even more people with life-limiting illnesses. Kevin Vaughan, who ... Read More

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