January 2010: Pete dies and Ditsy takes Diva mummy and Daddy Dragon to Derriford hospital to identify the body. During the drive she suggests riding from Lands End to Twickenham to raise money and say thank you to Cornwall Search and Rescue.
Diva helped her Mum sort through Pete’s belongings and found a picture of a Dragon which had been commissioned by Pete. Diva contacted the designer who confirmed that the design had indeed been to Pete’s own specifications and that he had intended to have it sprayed onto his car. Our logo was born.
September 2010: Diva, Ditsy and Dreggie Dragon cycle from Lands End to Twickenham. Raising enough money to buy a second Landrover for Cornwall S&R, complete with Pete's original Dragon - he would be so proud.
: Mummy and Auntie Dragons zipewire across the longest zipwire in the UK at Adrenaline Quarry.
: Dragon Royal bungee jumps of the Victoria Falls Bridge in Zimbabwe for Help Our Wounded Royal Marines. CTCRM had offered to send troops to search for Pete and HOWRM have a suicide prevention programme
: Dragon Bex climbs Mount Kilimanjaro and raises £1000 for Balloons Child Bereavement Service in Exeter who had looked after Diva’s children after Pete’s Death.
: Dragons Geezer and Jedi cycle from Gibraltar to Bilbao again
raising money for Balloons and Cornwall S&R
: 27 Dragons skydive for Cornwall S&R and Samaritans. 3.5k is given to each charity.The skydive is a significant turning point with skydiving dragons making clear their intention to stay involved.Diva and Ditsy recruit Dinky to enable an application for charitable status with the desire to raise awareness and combat the stigma around suicide, support the bereaved through “Hugs in a Hamper” and Fund suicide prevention charities and initiatives
: Ditsy’s birthday party takes over a whole restaurant as a practice run for the ball and brings in local business and community support.
: First “Hug in a Hamper” sent
: Request for financial help for a bereaved family is
received. Decision to offer “Comfort Grants”of up to £300 to the suicide
bereaved in financial distress is made.
25th February 2015 CHARITABLE STATUS GRANTED!!!
: Pete’s Dragons joins the Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities, The Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership, Recovery Devon, The Devon Suicide Prevention Alliance and the South West Zero Suicide Collaborative.
: Decision to recruit more trustees taken and role advertised.
: The very first PD black tie ball is a resounding success.
: Skydive phase 2 features Ditsy and Mummy Dragon.
: Demure, Ditsy, Drunk, Chris and Shepherd cycle the London to Brighton.
: Diva is invited to train as an ASIST trainer to be funded by
Public Health Devon and Torbay.
: Pete’s Dragons lease
a three story townhouse in Exmouth which is to become our office space and
self-contained holiday home. Diva steps
down from the trustee board and becomes the charity CEO.
: Devon and Cornwall
Constabulary agree to fund a 6-month pilot of our Suicide Bereavement Support
Service (SBSS) throughout Devon.
: Lilliput Dragon joins
the team as administrator for the Suicide Bereavement Support Service.
: Dragons win charity
of the year at the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2016.
June 1st 2016
: Pete’s Dragons
Suicide Bereavement Support Service for Devon becomes operational.
June 10th 2016 : Pete’s Dragons HQ and Holiday home are officially opened by Hugo Swire MP.
: Diva qualifies as a Grief Recovery Specialist.
November 5th 2016 : The 2nd
Pete’s Dragons Ball is held and raises £7,000!
December 1st 2016 Pilot period for SBSS
: 60 families have been
supported in this time.
Christmas 2016: Operation Xmas Hamper is supported by local businesses, people and schools and enables us to send 26 beautiful hampers out to families in Devon and Cornwall.
7th March 2017: Countryfile and the Absolutely Fabulous Jennifer Saunders filmed at PDHQ, Exmouth Beach and Exeter Forest School as part of Red Nose Day.
9th March 2017: Jennie Bond and a film crew from BBC spotlight attend HQ to view the project and film a segment which was aired three times on the 24th march, Red Nose Day.
2nd April 2017: Diva and Ditsy Dragon are invited to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of their work in the community.