Hear from the families we have helped
The Pear Tree Fund is all about helping those in the local community with serious and life limiting illnesses. We welcome all your stories and thank you for sharing them with us.
Pat Rennie, Holton
“The Pear Tree Fund (formerly HCNCF) came into my life about nine years ago when my husband Bud first became unwell, and continued to support us throughout his illness.
“Being given a life-changing diagnosis is shattering and bewildering, and it is very hard to get your head around all that it entails. To have an organisation that you can talk to and which can guide you through the practicalities while supporting you mentally is everything.
“Over the years, we had many ups and downs, but the charity was always there for us and even more so in the last weeks of my husband’s life. Bud’s wish was to stay in his own home, and when I couldn’t manage anymore on my own, everything was put in place to care for my husband in the final weeks within seven days of us asking for help.
“They did all of the organisation, including arranging the extra aids which were needed and nursing support throughout the day and evening, and on several occasions arranged for a nurse to stay overnight so I could have a rest.
“Halesworth is extremely lucky to have such a caring organisation and I cannot thank them enough for the help we received throughout my husband’s illness. I will always support them in any way I can.”
Dot Booley, Holton
“When my husband Peter was diagnosed with prostate and bone cancer, the community nurses became part of our lives.
“At each stage of his illness, his needs were recognised and provided for with equipment and care, and a stairlift, oxygen, hospital bed, commode and ripple mattress all helped to make our lives easier.
“As Peter’s cancer progressed, so did the care he received. The charity also arranged for carers to come in twice a day to wash and dress him. Peter also had reflexology for his swollen feet and legs, and the charity paid for me to have treatment too which helped me immensely.
“I wouldn't have coped with Peter’s illness without the constant care which the Pear Tree Fund (formerly HCNCF) provided. I will always be grateful to them.”
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