The Angelus Foundation was founded in 2009 by Maryon Stewart, the well-known health practitioner, author and broadcaster. Her 21 year-old daughter Hester (pictured), a medical student and athlete, passed away after consuming a legal high (GBL) in April 2009. The Foundation has since attracted a group of world-class experts, known as the Angelus Advisory Group, who bring together expertise from chemical, medical and behavioural sciences, as well as having considerable expertise in both the areas of enforcement and misuse of social substances.


Our Mission Statement

To help society understand the dangers of ‘legal high’ (unclassified substances), to reduce the harm they cause to young people and their families, and to save lives.

Our Aims and Objectives

We aim to become the acknowledged expert and knowledge centre on the subject of the dangers of legal highs and to maximise public understanding of the risks.

The Foundation’s work

We are planning, subject to adequate funding, internal and external projects which will:

  • scope the problem
  • raise awareness of legal highs
  • educate about the risk
  • detect and analyse new unclassified substances and their impact on the human body
  • make the use of party drugs less socially acceptable
  • enable parents to have informed conversations with their children on the use of legal highs
  • empower young people to make more responsible lifestyle choices
  • improve the understanding of the physiological and psychological impact of these substances on the human body and mind

Angelus Foundation is committed to help raise awareness about the dangers of legal highs and party drugs and now have a group of 20 world class experts to advise on its work programme. We now know that simply adding substances to the list of controlled drugs is not the solution: each time something is banned the chemists just tweak the molecules and put something else on the market.

We have been lobbying Ministers for Education, Health and Work and Pensions as well as their Senior Civil Servants. The issues are urgent and need addressing in a co-ordinated manner by all parties,