Pete’s Dragons, a charity dedicated to supporting people who have been bereaved by suicide in Devon, has been awarded a grant of £2,500 by the MCF, with an additional £1,800 donated by Devonshire freemasons.
The charity was founded by Alison Jordan after her brother, Pete Wicks, took his own life in 2010 at the age of 24.
Working from a head office in Exmouth, Pete’s Dragons are currently supporting nearly 200 individuals who have been bereaved by suicide. They provide a bespoke, client- led service which commonly includes providing information on bereavement, legal and financial matters. Specially trained Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officers provide listening support, and clients are able to access counselling, holistic treatments, wellbeing sessions and Grief Recovery courses. Comfort Grants are also available and the charity is currently collecting for its Operation Christmas Hamper campaign, which will see around 60 boxes filled with Christmas gifts and food sent out to beneficiaries.
Reuben Ayres, Provincial Grand Charity Steward, visited Pete’s Dragons to meet with staff and find out more about their work. He presented a certificate to Chief Executive, Alison Jordan and Project Manager, Kate Bedding.
Reuben said: “The public’s understanding of such a terrible problem is very limited but thankfully there are organisations like Pete’s Dragons out there, not only to care for those who are vulnerable but also their families. whilst also educating us all about the needs of those contemplating such a terrible end to their precious lives”.
On receiving the Certificate, Kate said: “We are extremely grateful to the support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and the lodges across Devon for their donation to Pete’s Dragons. The money will enable us to continue the valuable work we do supporting individuals and families across Devon that have been bereaved by suicide”.