Mayor of Camden names Amy Winehouse Foundation his 'charity of the year'

Councillor Jonathan Simpson has said the drugs and alcohol awareness programme is a 'fantastic cause'

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The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Jonathan Simpson, has named the Amy Winehouse Foundation his charity of the year.

Re-elected on May 15 after the council's annual meeting, the Mayor will help raise funds for the charity, which seeks to provide a schools drug and alcohol education awareness programme called the Resilience Programme. Speaking after his election, Simpson stated: "Amy Winehouse was a popular figure in Camden and leaves a lasting legacy. The Foundation are a fantastic cause and I not only look forward to raising much needed funds for their work, but also supporting their aim of increasing drug and alcohol education to young people."

Meanwhle, Councillor Simpson's Mayoress for the coming year has been named as Puppini Sisters vocalist Marcella Puppini. "I am incredibly honoured to be asked to be by Jonathan's side as Mayoress of Camden," she said. "Camden is famous around the world because of its wonderful music heritage. I greatly admire Jonathan's passion and beliefs, and am truly looking forward to helping promote the local thriving music scene".

Camden Council recently gave the go-ahead to plans to install a statue of late singer Amy Winehouse in the borough. Artist Scott Easton's sculpture of the 'Back To Black' singer has been in the works for some time but, according to the Camden New Journal, Camden Town Conservation Authority had stated its opposition to the proposal. However, after a meeting earlier this month, local councillors approved the project and the statue will now be installed at a balcony in at Camden's Roundhouse venue this September.

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