Exmouth-based charity Pete’s Dragons gets £80,000 boost from the Government

PUBLISHED: 15:29 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:29 08 January 2018

Pete's Dragons

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A ‘vital’ charity based in Exmouth helping suicide bereaved families across the South West has been awarded government funding to train the emergency services.

Pete’s Dragons, in Exeter Road, landed £80,000 on budget day to roll out suicide prevention fist-aid training across blue light services in the region.

Alison Jordan, CEO of Pete’s Dragons, who founded the charity after her brother, Pete Wicks, took his own life in 2010 aged 24, said the funds would provide training for police, fire and ambulance personnel.

The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course teaches participants how to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and how to put plans in place to protect their safety.

Alison said the money would help 999 personnel to ‘look after each other’.

She said: “We are delighted and excited about this funding because it will enable us to meet our suicide prevention goals.

“Although we are predominately a suicide bereavement support service, we feel passionately about playing our part in reducing suicide numbers in our local region because we see the devastating impact of every suicide on a daily basis.

“Blue light personnel are the protectors in our society, but they carry out difficult and stressful roles. It is imperative that they have the skills and knowledge to look after each other and, of course, as a natural carry on, by possessing those skills there will be a natural benefit to the wider general public whom they serve.”

The funds were granted from the LIBOR scheme – money taken from fines levelled against banks and used to support armed forces and emergency services charities.

Hugo Swire, MP for East Devon, said the funding was ‘brilliant news’.

He added: “This £80,000 grant will make a big difference in the quest to prevent suicide and improve support within the emergency services.

“Pete’s Dragons is a vital charity based here in Exmouth which does excellent work across the region.

“Sadly, suicide is the most common cause of death among young men in the UK, while many others are affected, too.”

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