Halesworth & Southwold Community News June 2019 23 The Pear Tree Fund Newsletter

THE Pear Tree Centre building is now clearly visible from the road as you approach Cutlers Hill Surgery. The trustees were treated to a tour last month and we were able to visualise the layout and glimpse how it will look when it is all finished. On the

east boundary there is a

beautiful flowering cherry which shows above the fence and can be seen clearly on entering the atrium. It is a lovely welcoming view. The Trustees are hoping that we can make the garden into an attractive, serene outside space which can be enjoyed by all our visitors.

All this means that the Pear

Tree Centre is fast reaching the stage of needing a Centre Manager who will be heavily involved in the development of services and the training of staff and volunteers for the Centre. If you are, or know someone who could be, interested in applying we are now in the process of advertising the job and you can apply by e-mailing barbara.


an application form and job description. The Queen’s Head at Bramfield

run by Kate and Kevin Woods are continuing with their amazing support. A Fizz and Fashion night on Friday 26th April raised £683 on the night and a further £107.71 in donations adding up to £790.71 taken to date. Our thanks to all those who took part - Donnatella’s of Oulton Broad for the lovely clothes, Cabello Salon, Halesworth for the hair styling, the generous raffle prizes, the stalls, and finally all the models who looked terrific and very professional. Cutlers Hill Surgery staff held

an Easter raffle and raised £115 and at the Chediston School room on Saturday 4th May The Backwoods Band raised £80 for the Pear Tree Fund. Our thanks go to all those who took part. On Thursday 2nd May


2019 AGM took place at the Stables, The Angel Hotel and the following Chairman’s report was given by Dr Kevin MacLusky. Chairman’s report for the 2019


“I am delighted to welcome you all to the 2019 AGM of The Pear Tree Fund (the charity until recently known as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund). Thank you all so much for coming.

My name is Dr Kevin Maclusky. I became chairman of The Pear Tree Fund a year ago, at last year’s AGM, joining an established board of trustees. Now some brief background about the charity. The Pear Tree Fund was set up in 1989, with the original object of supporting terminally ill patients registered with Cutlers Hill Surgery, and their families in the community, by the provision of nursing care and equipment.

Although our remit has now widened and the charity is growing, we continue to provide funding for extra care, some equipment and complementary therapy for those people, registered with our local surgery, who wish to end their lives at home or in the community. We fill gaps in - rather than replace - the statutory services. We liaise closely with the primary care team at Cutlers Hill Surgery to ensure understanding, and communication works well so that those people in need of extra care at the end of their lives do fully benefit from the help the charity offers.

As I’ve mentioned, the

charity’s remit is widening, as in recent years we expanded our charitable objects to include the provision of information and support to people living in Halesworth and the surrounding area who have life threatening or life changing illness, and to their families. To this end, as you probably all know, we are now constructing a

new centre (to be called the Pear Tree Centre) next to the surgery. Firstly, what is the purpose of the Pear Tree Centre?

It is to

enable us to fulfil our charitable object of providing information and support to those receiving a diagnosis of a life limiting or life changing illness. Specifically, the Pear Tree Centre will bring a full range of holistic services closer to home for people living in north east Suffolk and south Norfolk, in turn preventing them from having to travel elsewhere to get help. The centre will act as a venue where organisation’s such as Parkinson’s and dementia groups, can meet. Anyone with a life limiting condition including cancer will be welcome to drop in and use the services on offer. Providing a variety of services, we believe the Pear Tree Centre will quickly become an essential resource which will help hundreds of people of all ages every year, giving vital support when they are at their most vulnerable. We are delighted that the large, diverse and well-respected cancer charity based in Norwich – the Big C – wish to work together with The Pear Tree Fund to help ensure that services for people with cancer are optimal. Big C has several centres in Norfolk but none in Suffolk or South Norfolk so this is a good opportunity to introduce their services for people in this region. They have offered us considerable financial support – £30,000 a year for 5 years - as well as help with information, resources, training and mentorship.

Thank you to them for all their support, and I would also like to warmly thank our professional team: Daniel Connal Partnership, our

project managers; LSI

Architects; Studio 31, our landscape architects; JP Chick and Partners, our structural engineers; and Johns Slater and Haward, our M & E engineers. Our funds continue to come from a variety of sources including supportive

the local incredibly community,

from legacies and donations, from big trusts and grant givers, thanks to the expertise of trustee Frances Lloyd and also from a huge effort by The Pear Tree Fund team in local events.

these fundraising events, we also

take the opportunity

At to

offer information about what the charity does. Such events over the last 12 months have included the golf day which will be repeated this year, by the generosity of Lois Hunt, the owner, Dot Booley’s wonderful coffee mornings and race-nights, the Bramfield Hall Open Gardens (organised by a team led by Jane Edwards and with grateful thanks to Sir Simon and Lady Robey, the owners) and a highly successful ladies’ lunch at the Wentworth Hotel in Aldeburgh, organised by

Vigdis Middleditch. It’s always difficult to know whether to mention specific donors as every penny counts and we are really grateful to everyone who has supported us. Amongst local donors though the Heveningham Hall Trust and the Halesworth Golf Club have donated large sums and the League of Friends of Patrick Stead Hospital were instrumental in us achieving our target with major donations. Further afield there have been very generous donations from the Garfield Weston Foundation, The Band Trust, The Albert Hunt Trust, Bernard Sunley Trust and the Wolfson Foundation, amongst others. We have also received very generous legacies and in memoriam payments. Dee’s Den continues to make an impressive amount of money due to

Halesworth Men’s Shed June Update

HELLO Readers, Spring has finally sprung and everywhere is coming back to life, colour and sound. The sun is shining, the ground and air are warming up and our thoughts turn to getting outside into the garden to enjoy it at this, the best time of year. At the Shed one of our activities growing in popularity is refurbishing those lovely wrought iron- ended seats and benches that were left to rust and rot unloved at the bottom of the garden. We

take the them in ends, a wire

brush them down to get rid of rust and flaky paint, repaint

excellent local support and thanks to the incredibly hard working volunteers, led by Nikki. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful group of trustees and I can’t thank them enough. Thanks also to all the committee members, the volunteers at Dee’s Den and to everyone’s families and friends who help out at events. We are very grateful too, to all those involved in the care side, District Nurses, GP’s, Occupational

Therapists, our

complementary therapists, and of course the carers.

Also thanks to those who (although some receive payment from us) go beyond their level of duty, such as, Liz Hearnshaw in Marketing, Pete Tardrew in IT, Lovewell Blake for accountancy, especially Liz Hill on tax advice, and Macfarlanes who provide legal advice to us completely pro bono.

In other areas, this year we have been continuing to sharpen up our governance, particularly in data protection, safeguarding, health and safety (across the charity and including the charity shop), protocols, risk and finance with annually reviewed 5 year business and financial plans. We also continue to review our trustees’ training needs.” At the AGM it was resolved that the following be reappointed as

trustees and members of

the Pear Tree Fund Charitable Incorporated Organisation: Rachel Booth, Jane Edwards, Ted Edwards, Barbara Kell, Richard Kell , Frances Lloyd, Kevin MacLusky, Dinah Morley and Nikki Sawkins. It was also resolved that the following trustees be reappointed as officers: Kevin MacLusky (Chair), Rachel Booth (Vice chair), Ted Edwards (Treasurer), Barbara Kell (Secretary).


of colours then replace the slats with a choice of woods. We are preparing some of these seats/benches for Heveningham Hall Country Fair at the end of June as we have had donations of seat end pairs that we can prepare and sell on at the Fair. If you have any end pairs that you’d like refurbishing bring them to the Shed and we’ll let you know what we can do and how much it will cost. If you have been following

recent events you will know that we are intending to start enamel jewellery production

and we are quickly getting to the stage when we will have the area ready for starting production. If there is anyone out there with experience in this field who would like to come along and join the Shed then share their knowledge and experience with some of our interested members we would be pleased to welcome you.

As mentioned above we are going to be at the Country Fair again this year, hopefully in the same spot as previous years, so please come and visit our stand, have a chat, join the Shed, buy a planter, trug or seat and have a great day out and support a good cause into the bargain! Shed opening days and times: Tuesday - Thursday 10am – 2pm; Saturdays 10am – 12noon.

Location: 27 Norwich Road, IP19 8BX behind Chinny’s - our banner will show you where we are! Our contact details: Shedline - 01986 835905. Website - halesworthshed. email - shedhalesworth@

Halesworth dementia

WE held our first ‘Carers Day’ at The Cut on April 25th, in partnership with Halesworth Volunteer Centre (HVC) The feedback of the day has been very positive with over 95 people attending. We managed to link in with many services and organisations who were there to give advice and information to all who visited. This was only possible with a grant from Suffolk County Council and the CCG. In the Autumn we will be offering some of the activities popular

on the day as an

extension of our grant funding; more information later. Our thanks go to The Cut, HVC and all the volunteers, organisations with their stands, and all those who provided a variety of taster sessions which were much appreciated by all The week of May 20th was Dementia Awareness Week and the

Trustees and supporters

took to the Thoroughfare to raise awareness of our fund and collect funds for our Respite Care Service. We were lucky with the weather and thank you to all who helped collect and to the citizens of Halesworth for their contributions raising £355.11. We are continuing to work with Holton St Peter Primary school children on raising awareness of dementia.


school held a ‘Blue day’ on the day before half term, where the children dressed in blue for the day instead of their uniform; raising money for our charity. A big thank you to them. A couple of events for your

diary: Thursday 27th June to Wednesday 3rd July, we have hired the i-Chameleon pop-up shop in the Thoroughfare. As

Carers’ Fund of last year, we will be selling a variety of goods all week and also with a different theme each day, cakes, tombola etc. Should you have any goods to donate or able to help in any way please telephone Dave on 01986 875444. Our AGM will be on Thursday 11th July. To be held at The Stables, Angel Hotel, Halesworth IP19 8AH at 2pm. All are welcome. Please come along and listen to what we have achieved this year, hear our reports and working partnerships and afterwards join us in conversation and a cup of tea and cake. The next film matinee will be 2.45pm for 3pm on Wednesday 17th July at

The Cut,

Halesworth. We will be showing ‘Book Club’ with a cast of Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia and Candice Bergen and others. Entry to watch the film is £5 donation and don’t forget to buy some raffle tickets or get there early and have a meal at The Cut Café. Also, why not purchase one or more of Jill’s hand-crafted cards or order a speciality card.

Looking further ahead we are again running the event ‘A Walk to Remember’ on Sunday 15th September and another film matinee on September 19th. Finally, an appeal for help.

We need more people to help on our committees. Just a few hours at a time will be very welcome. For more information please contact Jackie on 01986 875444 or on friendsof.hdcf@

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