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Join the 2.6 Challenge to save the UK's charities!

23 April 2020

Join us and thousands across the UK taking part in the 2.6 Challenge to help save the UK's charities

Another successful tour of #iloveyoumumplay

1 April 2020

'I Love You, Mum - I Promise I Won't Die' has reached thousands more teenagers this Spring thanks to Wizard Theatre's powerful Theatre in Education tour of performances and workshops.

National Drug and Alcohol Education Conference 5 February 2021 London

21 January 2020

We are excited to be co-organising the third National Drug and Alcohol Education Conference with the Alcohol Education Trust and London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum.

New website coming soon!

23 September 2019

Our new website will be much easier to get around, have lots more about all our great drug education work, and provide lots more information, advice and support.

Teen Tips podcasts with Dan's mum Fiona

24 July 2019

Fiona speaks to Teen Tips' Alicia Drummond about young people, drugs and alcohol, and what parents need to know

“Brilliant, touching, honest” - #iloveyoumumplay on tour

5 April 2019

Dan’s story, retold in Mark Wheeller’s moving verbatim play ‘I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die’, has reached over 14,000 young people and parents on its third professional tour.

Seeking excellence in drug education

7 March 2019

The report is launched on the initial academic assessment of our drug and alcohol education programme by the University of Middlesex Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

#iloveyoumumplay on tour this Spring

3 January 2019

StopWatch Theatre Company is taking their powerful production of Mark Wheeller’s moving verbatim play about Dan, ‘I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die’, into London schools for a third professional tour this Spring.

Film about Dan up for award

7 November 2018

A chance to watch our new short film about Dan - and vote for it to win!

DSMF drug education reaches across the UK

25 October 2018

A powerful new documentary brings Dan’s story to communities across the country

“The finest production I’ve seen this year”

25 August 2018

#iloveyoumumplay takes the Edinburgh Festival by storm, in the talented hands of Lloyd Theatre Arts

DSM Foundation visits The Loop @ Bestival

11 August 2018

This August our founder Fiona was invited to join The Loop at Bestival, and see their drug testing and counselling service in action.

Fiona speaks on ITV's This Morning

29 May 2018

Following the tragic deaths from ecstasy of two young people at a festival on 27 May, Dan's 21st birthday, Fiona speaks about the loss of her son, and what can be done to prevent more harm from drugs

‘Superb. Professional. Engaging and enabling’

6 May 2018

StopWatch Theatre Company’s second professional tour of Mark Wheeller’s play about Dan, I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die, has been seen by around 14,000 young people, and has had a huge impact on its audiences across the length and breadth of London.

Booking open for all to see #iloveyoumumplay

12 February 2018

Booking is now open to see StopWatch Theatre's powerful production of Mark Wheeller's play that tells Dan's story

Charity album for Christmas no.1! #StandTogether

19 December 2017

The long-awaited charity album, 'We All Stand Together' by Choirs With Purpose, is finally on the shelves of HMV and Asda as well as available online to order or download. And it could still be Christmas no.1 with your help!

StopWatch Theatre to tour #iloveyoumumplay again!

27 November 2017

Bookings are now underway for a second theatre-in-education tour by StopWatch Theatre Company of Mark Wheeller’s powerful play about Dan, 'I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die’

Sir Paul McCartney backs #StandTogether

10 August 2017

Sir Paul McCartney backs Choirs With Purpose charity album

An incredible year in schools and colleges!

31 July 2017

Reflecting on our second year working in schools and colleges

DSMF + Choirs With Purpose

20 July 2017

DSM Foundation gets young people singing

Huge success of first professional tour of #iloveyoumumplay

4 May 2017

StopWatch Theatre's moving and powerful professional production of Mark Wheeller’s play about Dan, ‘I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die’, completed its nine week tour of London schools and colleges last term

‘I Love You, Mum’ play goes on tour

5 February 2017

StopWatch Theatre Company’s professional tour of Mark Wheeller’s play about Dan has got off to a fantastic start with incredible feedback from students and teachers.

#iloveyoumumplay tour to start in January 2017

14 January 2017

Stopwatch Theatre will begin their tour of our play about Dan into schools on 23 January

Gavin Barwell MP raises funds for the Foundation

29 September 2016

Gavin Barwell, MP to the Spargo-Mabbs family, is doing a sponsored walk on 16 October to raise funds for the Foundation

A visit to Downing Street

21 September 2016

On Thursday 15 September Fiona delivered a letter to 10 Downing Street, with Lorin LaFave and Sacha Langton-Gilks, asking for PSHE to be made statutory for all schools

Our play is out on Amazon!

13 September 2016

The play we commissioned Mark Wheeller to write about Dan is now available to pre-order on Amazon

Summer teen drug deaths

8 September 2016

Ten teenagers lost their lives to drugs in just eleven weeks this summer.

Dan, the Foundation and ecstasy in the news again

27 June 2016

Ecstasy has been hitting the headlines again this last week or so, and Fiona has been asked to speak on national TV and radio as well as in print.

Bloomsbury to publish our play!

20 June 2016

We’re delighted to announce that Bloomsbury will be publishing the play we commissioned Mark Wheeller to write about Dan, ‘I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won’t Die’.

Don't miss the last ever OYT performance of our play!

18 May 2016

On Saturday 18 June there will be one final opportunity to see Oasis Youth Theatre perform the play we commissioned Mark Wheeller to write about Dan, I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won’t Die.

Alison's marathon!

5 May 2016

The amazing Alison Symonds-Tayler WALKED the 26 miles of the London Marathon, in an incredible 7hrs 35mins, smiling all the way!

Mike's marathon fundraising

5 May 2016

Mike has raised an astounding £2,955.80 for the Foundation!

Play review - by Holly Barradell

5 May 2016

Fantastic review for the play by drama education consultant and Trinity College examiner Holly Barradell, on the front page of today's online publication of Ink Pellet, a popular arts magazine for teachers.

Glowing reviews of our play, I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won't Die

30 March 2016

Reviews, comments and feedback on our play have been overwhelmingly and consistently positive, reflecting the profound impact this play and performance had on its audience, and the sense of urgency that all young people must see it

Our Mark Wheeller play première moves audience to tears

30 March 2016

Powerful and deeply moving premiere performance of ‘I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won’t Die’ took place at the BRIT School on Tuesday 29 March before an audience of special guests, including Dan’s family and friends

Great BBC coverage of the premiere of our play

29 March 2016

An early morning live BBC Radio London interview with Mark Wheeller, before a BBC news team visited Croydon to interview and film final rehearsals

'I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won't Die' receives amazing press!

23 March 2016

Our play 'I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won't Die' by award winning playwright Mark Wheeller has received some excellent press on the BBC and in the Southampton Echo.

Fundraising update

23 March 2016

Loads of ongoing fundraising work continues, from little cake sales to our London Marathon runner!

Theatre in Education tour of schools

23 March 2016

We hope to raise funds to tour our play round schools, with educational workshops.

Our amazing Youth Ambassadors!

23 March 2016

Our Youth Ambassadors programme has grown, with twelve great new recruits receiving induction and training in January, and peer mentoring training in February.

National première of 'I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won't Die'

22 March 2016

Mark Wheeller play’s about Dan, ‘I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won't Die’, will be performed before a VIP audience on 29 March at the BRIT school in south London

Our drugs education work spreads!

21 March 2016

The Foundation is now working with students, teachers and parents in 25 schools across London and the south of England, from Southampton to Stratford.

'I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won't Die' - First performances of our play receive rave reviews

21 March 2016

In May 2014, just months after Dan died, the DSM Foundation commissioned award winning playwright Mark Wheeller to write a play about what happened to him. In March 2016 this had its first preview performances.

Winners of Award for Education in Drug Awareness

1 December 2015

Tim and Fiona were presented with the Chris Donovan Trust Special Award for Education in Drug Awareness on 19 November, as part of the charity's annual awards evening.

Our schools programme in national pilot of quality mark

24 November 2015

SERIOUSLY good news! We've been invited to be part of a national government-funded pilot to develop a quality mark for providers of drugs education.

Our mark wheeller play is no. 2 in his top twenty!

1 August 2015

Mark Wheeller's play about Dan not only now has its own page on his website (see here), but is also ranked at no.2 in his top twenty plays! (calculated through a complicated points system based amongst other things on performances, book sales etc).

Five weeks till our first London Marathon runner sets off!

1 August 2015

Just five weeks till the London Marathon! Mike Rutt was Dan's church youth leader until he died, and one of our first trustees, and he's been in stiff training for this huge event, to raise money for Dan's Foundation.