The Amy Winehouse Foundation has raised nearly £1.9 million in a year.
I was first introduced to Amy, when I worked on the prison drama ‘Screwed’ in Scarborough in 2011 written by Ronnie Thompson and Colin Butts when I worked closely with director Reg Traviss for the 5 weeks on the film while we was dating the singer until the time of her tragic death.
The charity – which was set up in September 2011 to support homeless young people and individuals with substance abuse issues following the singer’s untimely death aged 27 in July 2011 – has raised more than £700,000 from Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse’s book about the ‘Rehab’ hitmaker, ‘Amy, My Daughter’.
Sales of Amy’s posthumous album, ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’, have also topped £700,000 and a ball held in her name generated £103,000 for the cause.
The late star’s family have been able to use £340,000 to help disadvantaged youngsters, including £20,000 to help people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and £38,000 has gone to homeless charity Centrepoint.
The foundation has also funded scholarships to London’s Sylvia Young Theatre School, a stage school Amy attended until she was 15 years old.
Amy’s old home in Camden Town, north London, is currently housing around 60 young homeless people, who are given a hot meal each day, and a road nearby looks set to be named after her.
Mitch recently called on Beyonce to donate to The Amy Winehouse Foundation after he appeared far from impressed with the singing sensation teaming up with Andre 3000 on a cover of the late star’s hit ‘Back to Black’ for new movie ‘The Great Gatsby’.
Last month, he wrote on Twitter: ”First I have heard about Beyonce and Back to Black. Sounds like some of you don’t like the idea.
”I don’t know this but what if Beyonce gave £100,000 to foundation. Do you know how many kids that would help? Just putting it out there!
”Let me repeat. This is the first I have heard of Beyonce doing Amys song.