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Billy and Beyond

2276. Nicci Parish

Nicci Parish, from Worthing, founded drug awareness organisation ‘Billy and Beyond’ in 2020 after her son Billy died from taking MDMA on his birthday.

Wanting to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs, Nicci founded the organisation in Billy’s memory. Nicci organises drug education workshops within schools, as well as providing them with free resources for PSHE lessons, covering topics such as the dangers of recreational drugs and dealing with peer pressure. Nicci’s work in schools also includes showcasing plays and funding ‘Wizard Theatre Company’ live stage shows that highlight the impacts that drugs can have on individuals and their families. 

Through ‘Billy and Beyond’, Nicci provides guidance to parents and in collaboration with ‘The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation’, organises online sessions for parents, giving them guidance and ideas on how they can offer support to their children. Nicci also regularly hosts a pop-up stall at local community and sporting events to further raise awareness and help young people make safer choices. 

Nicci runs an annual ‘Glastonbilly Festival’ to fundraise for ‘Billy and Beyond’ to continue their projects, increase drug awareness and provide young people with the tools to make informed decisions on drug safety.

In a personal letter to Nicci, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: 

“Having so tragically lost Billy when he was just 24 years old, I was moved to hear how you set up Billy and Beyond, to raise drug awareness. In the midst of profound grief, this is an act of true strength and compassion.

“From organising workshops in schools and running online sessions for parents, to your plays, live stage shows and powerful animation of Billy’s story, you are making a huge difference in educating young people about the devastating impact that drugs can have.” 

Nicci said:

“Receiving a Points of Light Award is truly humbling. Though none of our work will bring Billy back, continuing in his honour tries to ensure that something positive comes from unbearable tragedy. 

“I would personally like to thank my family, friends and those that support me in making sure that Billy’s story is shared and heard.”

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