The young people in the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation choir are the family and friends of Dan, students from his school in Croydon, Archbishop Tenison’s CE High, and from the local BRIT school, and the charity’s youth ambassadors. They will be joined by Dan’s parents, Tim and Fiona, and big brother Jacob. The DSM Foundation is a drug and alcohol education charity founded in 2014 by Tim and Fiona in response to his death aged 16 having taken ecstasy. Dan was bright, funny, kind and popular, and his parents felt if this could happen to him it could happen to anyone, and wanted to do all they could to prevent any harm happening to any other family through drugs.
This young charity is now working directly with well over 100 schools, colleges and community groups and growing rapidly all the time, and the play it commissioned playwright Mark Wheeller to write about Dan, I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die, is being taught, studied and performed in schools across the UK and overseas, since it was published by Bloomsbury earlier this year. The DSM Foundation hopes that through singing with Choirs With Purpose, the voices of these young people with big hearts to protect other young lives from harm, will take their important message to fresh ears in a new way, and make a big difference.