Winehouse Family To Set Up Charity In Her Honor

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July 26, 2011 | 2:15pm EST

Amy Winehouse’s heartbroken family is setting up a charitable foundation in her honor, aimed at providing care for children and drug addicts.
The Rehab hitmaker’s father, Mitch, announced plans for the Amy Winehouse Foundation during a moving eulogy at her funeral in London on Tuesday.

He told mourners the organization will be set up to provide help and support for those with a drug problem, including possible treatment at a rehabilitation clinic. It will also benefit children and horses, which Winehouse loved.

In a speech at the service, Mitch said, “I was in New York with my cousin Michael when I heard (of her death) and straight away I said I wanted an Amy Winehouse Foundation, something to help the things she loved – children, horses, but also to help those struggling with substance abuse.

“In this country, if you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two-year waiting list for help. With the help of Keith Vaz MP (Member of Parliament), we are trying to change that.”