Pear Tree Centre
(L – R) Pear Tree Fund trustees Ted Edwards, Jane Edwards, Barbara Kell and Nikki Sawkins with Ellie Andrews and Richard Davies from Halesworth Golf Club. Photo credit Sarah Patchett.

A campaign to raise vital funds towards the running costs of an innovative resource centre for people with life-limiting illnesses has been given a £5,000 boost thanks to the generosity of local golfers.

The Pear Tree Fund, formerly known as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund, hosted its fifth annual golf day at Halesworth Golf Club on Friday (6 September). Around 100 golfers took to the fairways to take part in the main competition, a putting contest and raffle, which together raised a total of £4,800.

The money will go towards the running costs of the Pear Tree Centre, which is being built on land next to Cutlers Hill Surgery in Halesworth and is due to open later this year or early in 2020.

The centre will bring a full range of holistic services closer to home for people in south Norfolk and north east Suffolk who have cancer or other life-limiting illnesses. This includes benefits advice, support for children and families, complementary therapies, help understanding a diagnosis, counselling and bereavement support. 

Ted Edwards, co-chair of the Pear Tree Centre project, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who supported our golf day and made it go with such a swing. Golfers from across East Anglia and as far afield as Chelmsford joined us this year, and really enjoyed the day. 

“Our thanks go to those who took part, our fantastic volunteers who worked so hard to make sure the day ran smoothly and to everyone at Halesworth Golf Club for their ongoing support. 

“We are delighted that we raised such a great sum which will make a real difference to people living in Halesworth and the surrounding area when the Pear Tree Centre opens its doors.”

The Pear Tree Fund is now raising money towards the centre’s running costs of around £140,000 a year. To find out more about the centre and how you could support the charity, visit

Story by Liz Hearnshaw at Zenith Public Relations on 01359 242581 or 07501 490308

The Pear Tree Fund, formerly known as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund, was set up 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.

For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, both @ThePearTreeFund 

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