Every little helps – Tesco gives Exmouth-based Pete’s Dragons £500 to keep in touch with suicide bereaved families during the pandemic

Suicide-bereavement charity Pete’s Dragon’s, with its HQ in Exmouth, has received £500 from the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund.

The supermarket giant set up a £2million fund to support charities and community groups hit by funding losses because of the coronavirus.

Pete’s Dragon will use the grant to stay in touch with families and beneficiaries across Devon and Cornwall being supported by the charity after suicide bereavement.

Alison Jordan, Pete’s Dragons CEO, said: “The grant will be used to cover the cost of video calls to support those most in need of our help at what is a really challenging time for all of us.

“In some cases, our suicide bereavement officers are the only contact that a person has with the outside world.

“A wellbeing session, a joint meditation or even just sharing a smile or a catch up can sometimes make all the difference to how someone feels.

“We would like to thank Tesco for supporting us to carry on our work, and would encourage other organisations to apply for help too.”

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Some of the Pete’s Dragons team.

Tesco received more than 3,000 applications from charities and organisations for Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund grants of £500.

The fund is part of a £30m package made available by the supermarket to support as many groups as possible across the country with £500 grants.

Organisations to benefit include women’s refuges, foodbanks, hospices, homeless charities, social isolation groups, schools, charities supporting the elderly and local authorities.

Tesco said the application and payment process had been made simple, with the aim of providing support quickly to causes in need.

Claire De Silva, Tesco’s head of community, said: “There are so many people facing such uncertainty at the moment, so the Bags of Help grants we are able to provide will help ease the strain where it’s needed.”

Graham Duxbury, Groundwork CEO – the partner charity managing the project – said: “We are pleased that the grants are making a difference to those in need across the UK.

“We encourage groups to apply for funding to help support vulnerable communities at this uncertain time.”

Tesco is encouraging any groups that would benefit from this funding to apply. The process is managed through partner charity Groundwork’s website. For more details, see here.

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