Big boost for caring Pete's Dragons Exmouth team

PUBLISHED: 06:30 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:17 27 May 2016

Ian Crook presents a cheque for £1098 on behalf of St Jame's Place Foundation to Alison Hill and Louise Frew of the Pete's Dragon charity. The money is being spent on a sofa bed for the Exmouth house. Ref exe 20-16SH 4832. Picture: Simon Horn.

Ian Crook presents a cheque for £1098 on behalf of St Jame's Place Foundation to Alison Hill and Louise Frew of the Pete's Dragon charity. The money is being spent on a sofa bed for the Exmouth house. Ref exe 20-16SH 4832. Picture: Simon Horn.

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Suicide bereavement charity Pete's Dragons is celebrating receiving more than £1,000 to benefit families staying at its holiday home in Exmouth.

Ian Crook is seen here presenting a cheque for £1,098 on behalf of the St James’s Place Foundation, which awarded the cash grant.

The money will pay for a corner sofa bed at Pete’s Dragons’ HQ. The charity has a holiday home in Exeter Road, offering short breaks for suicide bereaved families.

Alison Hill, founder and CEO of Pete’s Dragons, said: “We are delighted as this helps us to offer flexibility to our families as to who they bring with them on their holiday.”

Alison and Kayleigh Hodge, a Pete’s Dragons trustee, was recently invited to attend an online suicide prevention summit at the House of Commons.

The charity, recognised for its work in suicide bereavement support, was invited to jointly host the event by Grant Shapps MP.

The charity was set up after Pete Wicks killed himself in 2010 aged 24, leaving his family confused, angry, frightened and devastated.

Six years later, Pete’s big sister, Alison Hill, from Exmouth, is championing a UK-wide charity set up to help others going through bereavement because of suicide.

Alison believes the charity is the first of its kind in the UK – offering a complete care package to families affected by suicide.

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