Community invited to see in 2019 and raise funds for Pete’s Dragons

PUBLISHED: 11:46 28 December 2018

Gemma Youlden with her mum and dad. Picture: Pete's Dragons

Gemma Youlden with her mum and dad. Picture: Pete's Dragons


A new year’s party in Ottery St Mary is being held to raise money for a suicide bereavement charity.

Ottery resident Gemma Youlden is putting on the event at the town’s cricket club in memory of her late brother, Rob, and to support Pete’s Dragons.

Gemma, who works as a chef, is hoping proceeds from the night of ‘fun, love and laugher’ will give something back to the ‘incredible’ cause which helped her and her family when her brother died in March.

Rob was aged 28 at the time and was a much-loved dad, son and brother.

Gemma said: “It’s a charity that we never thought we would need. The work they do behind the scenes for people who are suffering is absolutely incredible. Pete’s Dragons is very close to my heart. They help everyone – adults and children. I’ve come to realise just how important it is to have amazing support just when you need it the most. It can be very comforting in such a distressing and vulnerable time.”

Pete’s Dragons provides a bespoke service to anyone in Devon who has been affected by suicide bereavement.

The award-winning charity was founded by Alison Jordan after her brother, Pete Wicks, took his own life in 2010 at the age of 24.

Based in Exmouth, the charity receives no statutory funding and its work is reliant on fundraising, donations and grants.

At the New Year’s Eve party, there will be a charity auction, food and drink galore, a disco and bar. Gemma has thanked local businesses and the community for the ‘overwhelming and fantastic’ range of prizes that have been donated to the auction.

She said: “The response has been absolutely phenomenal. I cannot begin to thank everyone enough.

“This is an incredible time of year to all get together as a community, let our hair down and dance the night away.”

Volunteers for the event and auction prizes are still being sought.

The New Year’s Eve party starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £5. They are available from Gemma on 07957 653690 or by emailing

Click here to find out more about the work the charity does.

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