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Amy Winehouse Foundation launches

By | Published on Thursday 15 September 2011

Amy Winehouse

The family and friends of the late Amy Winehouse officially launched a foundation in her name yesterday, on what would have been her 28th birthday.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation will have a pretty wide remit, “to support charities and organisations undertaking charitable activities in both the United Kingdom and abroad who help, support, or care for young people – especially but not exclusively those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial disadvantage or addiction”.

Commenting on the new organisation, the singer’s father Mitch Winehouse told reporters: “I was in New York when I received the terrible news about Amy. It was almost instantaneous, this feeling that we need to help people she cared about. Amy was very generous and we kept coming back to the thought of how much she loved children. It seemed appropriate that the focus of our work should be with young people, those who are vulnerable either through ill health or circumstance. Amy touched millions throughout the world and I know she will continue to, through the Foundation”.

Her mother Janis added: “We want to give money to projects that make a direct difference. It is a source of great comfort to know that Amy would be proud of this and right behind it”.

Profits from the release of her duet with Tony Bennett, ‘Body & Soul’, which will appear on his album ‘Duets II’, will be donated to the Foundation, while donations can also be made direct via the organisation’s website.

Watch the video for the single here: