'Are you willing to say goodbye to everyone and everything just for one night of fun?' - mother of tragic Ana (18)
The mother of Dublin teenager Ana Hick, who died after taking what is suspected to have been ecstasy at a city nightclub this summer, has warned other young people who are tempted to take the drug to think twice.
In a moving statement, Elga Hick also thanked the public and those who had helped
her through the trauma of the loss of her 18-year-old daughter in May.
“I would like to send a message to those of you who are planning on going out to celebrate this holiday season.
“Please be aware of the dangers that lie waiting for you, they come sugar-coated with promises of a good night out full of fun and excitement, but the truth is you are playing with a loaded gun when you decide to take ecstasy or other drugs,” she said in a personal statement.
“Are you really prepared to take this risk? Are you willing to say goodbye to everyone and everything just for one night of fun?
“I know Ana would want you to remember her as you make your choice and she would want you to say ‘not on my Life’,” she added.
“My message to you is please be careful and make the right choice. You are so precious and there is only one of you in the world,” said Ms Hick.
Ms Hick also expressed her gratitude for the support she’s received since her daughter died.
“I would like to thank you, the public, for the love and support you have shown us. You have been a massive support to us on the untimely death of our beautiful Ana,” she said.
“Thank you to our best friends who are always by our side, living through this with us and to those who are with us at heart.
“To the families who always welcomed Ana and myself into their lives, who we shared precious moments with, and made us part of your family. Memories that remain forever embedded in my heart. I love you all,” she added.
“Thank you to our local friends in Dalkey, Dun Laoghaire and surrounding areas for your continued support, you are amazing people that pull together to look after your own when in need.
“You dry our tears. You have open arms for us always. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Ms Hick.
“To Ana’s best friends, you have shown such love, courage and strength in Ana’s honour.
“I am very proud of you all as I know Ana is. I wish you love and peace this season and am lucky to have you in my life.”
“To our local services, Ana’s educational tutors and colleagues, school, music and drama, our doctors and medical services – thank you for all your love and guidance in nurturing my daughter,” she said.
Ms Hick thanked gardai, local businesses and work colleagues.
“I could not have got through this without your care, compassion and most importantly your understanding,” she said.
“I have never contemplated the true meaning of community spirit until now. Thank you
for your kindness and the beautiful tributes that still arrive daily.
“On behalf of my family, we send you blessings of love and joy this Christmas,” she added.
“I would like to pay my respect to those who are struggling to get through their first holiday season without their loved ones.
“Too many young beautiful sons and daughters with bright futures with their whole life ahead have left our sides all too early,” Ms Hick added.