Suicide bereavement charity needs your vote

PUBLISHED: 09:52 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 24 August 2017

The garden area at the headquarters of Pete's Dragons, as it is now.

The garden area at the headquarters of Pete's Dragons, as it is now.

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An Exmouth charity is appealing for votes from the public to help it improve its garden facilities.

Pete’s Dragons, based in Exeter Road, provides support for families in Devon and Cornwall who have been bereaved by suicide.

The charity has applied for a £10,000 grant from the One Family Foundation Community Awards to develop the back and front gardens of its headquarters, where bereaved families can go for short holidays, and needs as many votes as possible in order to succeed.

The plan is for the back garden to feature green space and sensory planting for relaxation and counselling, along with a storage shed for items like play equipment for families with children.

Parts of the front garden would be landscaped to provide seating areas for families to sit privately, and for use by therapists for discussion, listening and counselling.

Fences would also be put up to add privacy.

Mike Wheeler, a supporter of the charity who looks after the garden with wife Ann, said: “At the moment there is nowhere outside where the people who come to stay there can go and relax, and be surrounded by sensory planting.

“In the therapy they do inside, sensory aspects feature in that, so this would be an extension of that.

“It would also give them somewhere with a safe and relaxing atmosphere to just chill out or even meet people.

“They also have quite a few children staying, and the grass area would give them somewhere to play.”

Along with holidays and counselling, the charity, which was founded by Alison Hill and her friend Kate Waddams following the suicide of Alison’s brother Pete in 2010, offers services including hampers, grants, and practical advice.

To vote for Pete’s Dragons to receive the funding for its gardens, go online to https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/petes-dragons/.

Voting in the awards will close on September 6.

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