Amy Winehouse Foundation To Fund New London Children's Hospice
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.23.2012
Continuing work one year after her death...
NME reports that the Amy Winehouse Foundation is continuing its work one year after her death, with new plans to fund a children's hospice in London.
Winehouse was found dead in her north London home one year ago today. She was 27. Coroners later confirmed that she died of alcohol poisoning. She had been fighting drug and alcohol addiction for several years. After her death, her family set up a trust in her name, which tries to support "young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial disadvantage or addiction".
One of the plans includes building a Noah's Ark children hospice in north London. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, said it is one of the group's "major projects". He said: "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."
They will also fund scholarships at the Sylvia Young Theater School where Winehouse studied and have made donations of $54,328 each to the New Horizons Youth Center in Kings Cross and a London-based charity called Hopes and Dreams, which grants wishes for terminally ill children. The group also plans to help underprivileged children in New Orleans.
Mitch added: "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 foundation received proceeds from the posthumous Winehouse album Lioness: Hidden Treasures that was released last December. It was a collection of unreleased material. It debut at #1 on the UK albums chart and has since went double platinum. Mitch revealed earlier this month that there are plans for two more albums.