Devon Freemasons boost the work of Pete's Dragons with trio of grants totalling £4,000

Published: 13 December 2018

The Freemasons of Devonshire has boosted a charity dedicated to supporting those who have been bereaved by suicide with a trio of grants totalling more than £4,000.

Pete’s Dragons, which is based in Exeter Road, Exmouth, received a grant for £2,500 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), given on behalf of all the 5,500 freemasons in Devon.

The charity also received another grant of £1,500 from the Wake Fund, a masonic trust fund which makes donations to local good causes bi-annually throughout Devon.

In addition, the Sun Lodge, which meets in Exmouth, donated £300.

Pete’s Dragon was visited by W. Bro. Dr. Reuben Ayres, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward for the Devonshire Freemasons, to present CEO Alison Jordan CEO and project manager Kate Bedding with a certificate commemorating the occasion.

Reuben said: “The public’s understanding of such a terrible problem is very limited, but thankfully there are organisations like Pete’s Dragons out there, not only to care for those who are vulnerable, but also their families, whilst also educating us all about the needs of those contemplating such a terrible end to their precious lives”.

Kate said: “We are extremely grateful to the support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and the lodges across Devon for their donation to Pete’s Dragons. The money will enable us to continue the valuable work we do supporting individuals and families across Devon that have been bereaved by suicide.”

Pete’s Dragons was founded by Alison after her brother, Pete Wicks, took his own life in 2010 at the age of 24. Working from a head office in Exmouth, the charity is currently supporting around 300 individuals who have been affected by a bereavement by suicide. It provides a bespoke, client-led service which commonly includes providing information; on bereavement, legal and financial matters. Specially-trained Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officers provide listening support and clients are able to access counselling, holistic treatments, wellbeing sessions and grief recovery courses. Comfort grants are also available and before Christmas the charity enjoyed its most successful Operation Christmas Hamper campaign ever – with some 60 boxes filled with festive gifts and food being sent out to beneficiaries.