Winehouse’s Dad Puts Foundation Plans Into Action

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August 1, 2011 | 4:15am EST

Amy Winehouse’s father will meet with government officials on Monday to outline his plans for a charitable foundation in the tragic star’s memory.
Mitch Winehouse announced plans for the Amy Winehouse Foundation during a moving eulogy at her funeral in London last Tuesday.

He told mourners the organisation will be set up to provide help and support for those with ongoing addiction problems. It will also benefit children and horses, both beloved to the singer.

Mitch has set up a meeting with Keith Vaz MP (Member of Parliament) and Minister for Crime and Security James Brokenshire to present his plans for the charity and seek funding assistance.

Addiction expert Sarah Graham, an advisor for the foundation, tells Britain’s The Times, “It’s all very well building a rehabilitation centre, but we need reassurances that we can work with Government and other agencies to make sure people get referred there, and that beds will be paid for.

“There is no point in having great facilities and great staff if no one refers addicts there. Under the current system it is fantastically difficult to get funding for rehabilitation, with key workers having to get funding from at least three different sources. We need the funding to be made much more straightforward.”

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