What is the Foundation? What do we do?

The Foundation was started by Dan's parents, Tim & Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, to try and prevent other families from having to go through the pain of losing a child, and to stop the damage done by drugs to young lives. The Foundation aims to do as much as it can to make young people aware of the risks of substance misuse and experimentation.We are working with young people, their teachers and their parents and carers, and with other professionals working with young people, in schools and colleges and through Theatre in Education. See our Drugs education and Drama pages for more information about how we're doing this.

As Dan's headteacher, Mr. Richard Parrish, has said,

"What has happened to Daniel is not normal. It is not normal that a bright, articulate, talented 16-year-old should be taken from us in this way. It is not normal that his school and, above all, his family should be grieving today for his loss to us. It is not normal that his year group and his friends should have to learn so soon in life how short that life can be."

H.M Coroner's endorsement of DSM Foundation

The inquest into Dan's death was held on 12 February 2015 at West London Coroners' Court. Unexpectedly, the coroner, Ms Sarah Ormond-Walshe, took the unusual step of exercising rarely used powers given to coroners to act to prevent future deaths, and wrote an open letter of support for the Foundation. She writes: - See more at:

"I wholly support the Foundation's mission to educate young people about drug use. All of their goals are noteworthy, and right, and achievable. In setting up this Foundation Mr and Mrs Spargo-Mabbs have an inspirational vision that has to be very much welcomed by all in society, but most importantly, sets out to protect young people from deadly dangers they may not appreciate... I wholly support this Foundation and have faith that its trustees will make intelligent and creative proposals in respect of saving the lives of young people such as Dan in the future."

Open letter from H.M Coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe to the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation
Letter from coroner for DSMF.pdf 
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The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation: Charity Objects

"Working with and for young people on substance misuses."


  1. To provide evidence-based and innovative educational resources and programmes, support and advisory services about substance misuse for promoting healthy, informed choices for young people.
  2. To work directly with young people, schools, families, professionals and the community in increasing awareness about substance misuse.
  3. To empower young people with the knowledge, life skills and confidence they need to choose lives free of substance misuse.
  4. To support initiatives to educate young people about substance misuse through partnerships with them, schools, families, professionals, charities, universities and other agencies.