Comic Relief visits Exmouth's Pete's Dragons
PUBLISHED: 14:06 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:31 22 March 2017
Comic Relief money has helped Exmouth-based charity Pete's Dragons in its support of the suicide bereaved, as television presenter Jenni Bond found out when she visited.
Television presenter Jennie Bond visited a charity based in Exmouth, dedicated to helping the suicide bereaved, to learn how Comic Relief funding helps projects in the South West.
Pete’s Dragons, in Exeter Road, supports people after the suicide of a loved-one; the charity was set up in 2010 by Alison Hill whose brother, Pete, took his own life.
Comic Relief funding means Pete’s Dragons can offer ‘vital wellbeing services’ as suicide bereaved families find a way to cope with their grief. Comic Relief money has equipped the project’s two therapy rooms.
Alison said: “Comic Relief has allowed us to provide a multitude of services to help those who need it. Everyone we meet experiences grief in a different way, making it essential for us to provide a range of therapies.
“We are now able to offer counselling and holistic treatments like meditation, mindfulness and sessions to support children. We also run suicide awareness training.”
One of Pete’s Dragons beneficiaries is 18-year-old India, whose life was deeply affected by suicide when a member of her family recently made a suicide attempt and two young people from her secondary school took their own lives just months apart.
India, who was referred to Pete’s Dragons by a mental health professional, said: “I don’t know where I’d be without the support I’ve received from Alison and her team.
“They have helped me cope with my feelings and move forward with my life.”
After visiting the charity and learning about the work of Alison and her team of dragons, Jennie Bond said: “Thanks to Comic Relief, Pete’s Dragons can provide people going through a terrible time after the suicide of a loved one with the support they need to help them cope with their grief.
“It has been wonderful to meet the charity and speak to some of the people Pete’s Dragons has supported who are now able to move onwards with their lives.”
Alison was prompted to set up Pete’s Dragons after her brother’s death when she found a lack of support and advice specifically available for people who were going through bereavement after suicide; she retrained to be able to provide this support for others going through the same experience.
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