Russell Brand and Amy Winehouse were close friends and after Amy’s death, Russell – who already had taken part in abstinence based recovery – wanted to see what he could do to help people addicted to drugs and alcohol.
This Wednesday, 6th March, Russell will host a truly epic music and comedy gig, with all proceeds going to Comic Relief. There is a fantastic line up with the likes of Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher and Kasabian taking to the stage, alongside a host of comedic co-hosts such as Simon Amstell, Noel Fielding and Jimmy Carr.
‘Give It Up’ For Comic Relief is a celebration of recovery and aims to raise awareness and money to fund projects that support people with substance misuse issues to ‘give it up’, get clean and stay clean.
“This is not a moral, judgmental or puritanical stance. Some people can drink safely. For those who can’t do it safely, it is an illness. I wouldn’t have been able to stop drinking without help’, Russell recently told The Sun.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people, and have so far supported and funded many charitable projects that engage and educate young people in drug and alcohol related programmes.
In addition to our grants work, we have formed a partnership with The National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Charity, Addaction and NSPCC’s Childline to develop the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience programme, which will deliver targeted drug and alcohol education work in senior schools to young people, parents and teachers.
Here is more information about this project:
Stay tuned to this blog for exciting updates as we officially launch this programme in the next few weeks!
We are delighted to be supported by Russell and Comic Relief with the ‘Give It Up’ Campaign and wish everyone involved the best of success.
You can watch the concert LIVE in the UK on BBC Three, from 10:00pm.
There are also a few tickets still up for grabs:
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!