Dragons take flight with first charity ball

PUBLISHED: 15:55 18 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:55 18 March 2015

Pete's Dragons trustees Claire Summers, Alison Hill, and Kate Waddams, enjoy the views from the Ocean Suite, the venue for their upcoming charity ball.

Pete's Dragons trustees Claire Summers, Alison Hill, and Kate Waddams, enjoy the views from the Ocean Suite, the venue for their upcoming charity ball.

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An Exmouth charity is holding its first ever fundraising ball.

Pete’s Dragons started out as a group raising money in memory of Pete Wicks, who committed suicide in 2010.

It began with family members and friends raising money to support suicide prevention services, taking on challenges such as a 400-mile cycle and a skydive.

It has now become a registered charity in its own right, and is planning its first ever Pete’s Dragons Charity Ball at the seafront Ocean Suite.

Pete’s sister, Alison Hill, one of the charity’s trustees, said: “It’s really exciting. It’s a big step, but it’s very exciting to be taking this big leap forward and doing our own work and our own projects.”

The charity is continuing to support other charities that work with suicide prevention, but is now also running projects to support people who have been bereaved by suicide.

It is running a grants scheme, for people who find themselves in financial distress following a bereavement, and ‘hugs in hampers’, which provides a hamper to the bereaved family, which the charity says lets people know they are not alone and breaks down the stigma that often surrounds suicide.

Alison added that the date of the ball, July 17, is significant, as July 18 would have been Pete’s 30th birthday.

She said: “It is a big night of celebration for us, for his life and for the amazing things the Dragons have achieved and will continue to achieve, following his tragic loss.”

The black tie event will feature live music from the Chris Stuckey Band, a disco, delicious food and a charity auction. Tickets and corporate packages are available by emailing petesdragonshq@yahoo.co.uk.


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