Amy Winehouse Foundation to help those struggling with substance abuse
By Liz Lockhart
According to several reports, the Amy Winehouse Foundation to help struggling addicts, is definitely going to be set up. Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse talked about the possibility in a US Weekly interview shortly after her death, but was not widely reported on due to it being so soon after his daughters tragic death.
People.com reported that Mitch and Janis Winehouse have decided to turn Amy’s London home into the headquarters of the foundation which will get some financial help from the proceeds of Amy’s ‘Body and Soul’ duet with Tony Bennet. This is due to be released soon as a charity single.
An official statement is expected to be released on Amy’s birthday September 14th.
Those involved in the Foundation say that it will act as a ‘charity organisation to help children in need and will help thousands of people’.
The cause of Amy Winehouse’s death is still unknown but speculation has been rife. We do know that she had a very troubled life and that substance abuse played a part in her problems. The following statement by her father to US Weekly sheds some light as to the purpose of the foundation –
‘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. We are trying to change that.
Mitch Winehouse tweeted that he would keep his followers up to date with details of the foundation as they become available. You can follow him @mitchwinehouse.