Amy Winehouse’s Family to Launch Charitable Organization in Singer’s Name
To honor her memory, Amy Winehouse's family is planning to establish a charitable organization in the late singer's honor. It's a good move, as it will help deflect some of the public perception of Winehouse as a junkie and remind people that there were many good things about the 'Rehab' singer.
According to The Huffington Post, at her funeral, her father, Mitch Winehouse, said that the family will create the Amy Winehouse Foundation to provide support for people who are dealing with similar issues of substance abuse. A rehabilitation center may also be a part of this foundation. The foundation will also benefit horses and children, as the singer was passionate about both.
Winehouse even revealed how, in such a difficult time when he is overwhelmed by personal grief, he came up with the idea to launch a foundation in his daughter's name. "I was with my cousin Michael when I heard 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," Mitch, who was in New York preparing for a live gig at the time of his daughter's death, said.
Papa Winehouse acknowledged that receiving care for substance abuse issues is difficult in England, saying, "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, we are trying to change that."