Christmas kindness helps Pete's Dragons send record number of hampers across South West
Published: 17 December 2018
‘Unprecedented and amazing’ kindness has seen charity Pete’s Dragons send a record number of Christmas hampers to suicide bereaved families in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
Donations of gifts, food and festive items flooded in to the Exmouth-based cause and volunteers devoted an entire weekend to painstakingly filling personalised packages for some 60 recipients.
It is the first time the fast-growing and award-winning charity has been able to send gifts to Somerset as part of its Operation Christmas Hamper appeal.
“The support we have received this year has been unprecedented – it’s amazing,” said Pete’s Dragons CEO Alison Jordan, who put in 15-hour days to pack the hampers.
“They are not just thrown together, they are bespoke. It’s quite a skill to pack them as you know each family and you pick things they will really like. It is a wonderful feeling.”
Collections for the campaign were held in Plymouth, at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, supermarket foyers, including Sainsbury’s in Ottery St Mary and Tesco in Exmouth, offices and schools.
Hundreds of families who have lost a loved-one to suicide have received hampers in recent years - with grateful beneficiaries saying they were 'utterly speechless' and 'overwhelmed' by the gesture.
The hampers drive is one of countless ways Pete’s Dragons strives to support people struggling to deal with the loss of a loved-one to suicide and break through the stigma and isolation often felt.