July 23, 2012 13:52
Amy Winehouse Foundation to fund new London children's hospice, a year after her death
Charitable foundation is helping children in the UK and abroad
A year ago today (July 23), the Grammy-winning star was found dead at her north London home. She was 27 years old. Coroners later confirmed that Winehouse, who had battled drink and drug addiction for several years, had died of alcohol poisoning.
After her untimely death, the singer's family set up a charitable trust in her name. The Amy Winehouse Foundation aims to provide support for "young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial disadvantage or addiction".
Planned initiatives include the building of a Noah's Ark children hospice in north London. The singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, recently described this as one of the foundation's "major projects", telling NME: "There is no children's hospice covering Camden, Islington, Enfield. That's where Amy lived and grew up. They've bought the land, we're gonna help them build it."
The foundation will also fund several scholarships at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where Winehouse studied, and has made donations of £35,000 apiece to the New Horizons Youth Centre in Kings Cross and a London-based charity called Hopes and Dreams, which grants wishes for terminally ill children.
Further afield, the Amy Winehouse Foundation is planning to help underprivileged children in New Orleans. Explaining the basis for the US initiatives, Mitch Winehouse told NME: "I remember sitting with [Amy] when Hurricane Katrina happened in 2005, and she said, "This is terrible, Dad'. So I had a pretty good idea of what we were gonna do in the States. We're raising money to create an after-school music workshop in New Orleans, and we're working in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Were gonna feed them and we're gonna create these after-school music clubs."
The Amy Winehouse Foundation received proceeds from 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures', a posthumous collection of unreleased recordings that came out last December. It debuted at Number One on the UK albums chart and has since gone double platinum. Earlier this month (July 5), Mitch Winehouse revealed that two further posthumous albums are planned.
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