Pear Tree Carol Concert

Pear Tree Carol Concert Celebrate Christmas while supporting our charity!

People from East Suffolk and the surrounding areas are being given an exciting opportunity to get in a celebratory mood early at a special carol concert arranged to raise funds for the Pear Tree Fund.

The Lowestoft Chorale, which is made up of singers from the Lowestoft Choral Society, and its musical director Jennifer Baker, will present an evening of familiar and not-so-familiar carols from far and wide on Saturday 4 December in St Mary’s Church, Halesworth.

They will welcome the return to East Anglia of their regular concert accompanist, professor David Baker, formerly librarian at UEA, as well as Norwich diocesan organ advisor, organist at Wymondham Abbey and author of the popular Shire Guide to the Organ. Seasonal organ music and audience participation will add to the festive experience.

The Pear Tree Fund provides information, advice and support to those with a life-changing illness or long-term condition, as well as their families and carers. This includes a range of free services that are available from the Pear Tree Centre in Halesworth, such as wellbeing and bereavement support and help to live well in the community.

Kevin Vaughan, chief executive of the Pear Tree Fund, said: “We are delighted that The Lowestoft Chorale has chosen to support our charity by hosting this fantastic event. I am sure that the evening will indeed bring ‘glad tidings of comfort and joy’ as we count the days to Christmas while giving people the chance to support our charity at the same time.”

Rachel Drinkwater, on behalf of the Lowestoft Choral Society, said: “We are delighted to support the Pear Tree Fund as part of our involvement in the community, as we know the work it undertakes locally is invaluable.”

The concert begins at 7pm. Tickets are priced at £8 to include mulled wine and mince pies and are available from Pear Tree Centre, Dee’s Den, Halesworth Book Shop, on the door and by visiting and clicking on “help us” followed by “fundraising events”.

Concert-goers will also be able to purchase Christmas cards which have been designed for the Pear Tree Fund by John Appleton, who is a local artist living with cancer who has been supported by the charity. The cards cost £3 for 10, or £5 for 20.

Pear Tree Carol Concert

The Pear Tree Fund, formerly known as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund, was set up more than 30 years ago to support people with life-limiting illnesses who wish to die in the comfort and security of their own homes. It works alongside the NHS and social services to provide extra equipment and 24-hour care in the last days of life, along with emotional, physical and practical support at the time when people need it the most.

The charity also runs the Pear Tree Centre in Halesworth, which offers information, advice and holistic support to people with life-changing illnesses or long-term conditions, and families and carers. For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, both @ThePearTreeFund

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