October 03, 2022

Pear Fest raises thousands and transforms views on HL7 FHIR

Pear Fest raised over £5,000 for charity and ‘transformed’ views on healthcare technology with our first ever fringe event. Over 100 partners, customers and colleagues embraced flower power at our ‘60s themed festival and put their hands in their pockets for Hospice UK.

Flower power took over our Worcestershire HQ
Partners, customers and friends embraced the spirit of the ‘60s
It was all peace and love at Pear Fest this year

But before the party got swinging we flew in some of the world leading experts on HL7 FHIR© to talk about how it can revolutionise how you deliver care.

Rien Wertheim, whose company Firely helped create the ground-breaking standard for sharing healthcare data, jetted in from Amsterdam for the FHIR-side chat. He joined our chief technology officer Dunmail Hodkinson, the first person in the UK to spot the potential for FHIR, giving talks at the pre-fest event a day before the party.

The customers and clients who came along said it had helped them get to grips with FHIR, with one telling us it had transformed his view of the potential of the technology to improve services to his patients.

Firely founder Rien Wertheim flew in from Amsterdam to talk about HL7 FHIR
Black Pear chief technology officer Dunmail Hodkinson also gave a talk at the FHIR-side chat

Black Pear CEO David Jehring said:

It was great to see what a success the two-day event was. The feedback from the FHIR talks was brilliant, and we were so grateful to have Rien come over for them. Then to have so many generous donations to Hospice UK for the main event was brilliant.

Pear Fest was the brainchild of our legendary chief operating officer Sean O’Mahoney. He wanted us to put on an event with great music, food and booze for our partners and customers to get together and swap ideas away from the confines of the office. We have been on a mission ever since his sad passing in 2020 to realise that vision.

The Pear Fest mission is to give our partners and friends the best food, drink and music around
Black Pear hippies helped get the party swinging
For one night only it was the Summer of Love

This year we had ‘60s cover band The Retros joining the familiar faces of Remi Harris and Hattie Briggs.

Remi opened the show with some numbers from his latest album, On Track, and an education on all things Peter Green – the Fleetwood Mac founder who wowed Eric Clapton and influenced the likes of Aerosmith, Oasis and Radiohead.

Remi opened the show with some hits of his latest album
Remi also treated us to an education on Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green

Hattie followed up with some heartfelt tracks from her new album, Half Me Half You, and some familiar hits to Pear Fest regulars.

Hattie gave another emotional performance from her album
The singer-songwriter joined us for the second year running

The Retros then got everyone on their feet to close the show with some ‘60s screamers. They tore through the all the hits from the likes of The Rolling Stones, the Kinks and the Beatles to bring down the curtain in style.

The Retros ramped things up with all the hits from the ‘60s
Everyone got to their feet for the last act
The Retros played everything from the Stones to the Beatles
Nobody was left sitting by the time they got into the swing

A batch of Sean’s Cider was brewed especially by Luke’s Cider and was served up alongside the staple MHB Black Pear in Sean’s Bar.

Sean’s Cider was brewed up especially for Sean’s Bar
The party spilled out from the bar by the end of the night

After a pig roast, the pizza crew kept everyone fuelled up while a special thanks has to go out to Dani Harris at Yardbird Arts who helped set up the stage and laid on most of the event.

The pizza crew was on hand again

David said:

I can’t thank enough all those who made this such a success. It really feels like Pear Fest is growing with every year, and we can’t wait to make it even better next year.

Pear Fest will return on July 1 next year – save the date.

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