Camden is a very special place to us at the Amy Winehouse Foundation, not only because of its music heritage and lively streets, but because Camden was Amy’s home and has therefore been the focus of much of our work to date.
So we are very proud to announce that we are now officially the Mayor of Camden’s Charity of the Year!
We really enjoyed attending the official ‘Mayor Making’ ceremony at Camden Town Hall, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of witnessing a little piece of history! The choir from Maria Fidelis school in Camden shared some beautiful music inside the council chamber, including the very fitting Morrissey’s ‘Come Back to Camden’. The fabulous Puppini Sisters performed in their truly unique style with the lovely Marcella Puppini being named as Mayoress for Camden, and the cupcakes provided by Kooky Bakes were simply divine.
Councillor Jonathan Simpson who is also know as ’Camden’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Mayor’ was inaugurated to the role last Wednesday and is looking forward to promoting all the incredible work we do: “It is an honour and a privilege to be elected to the position of Mayor for a second time and I look forward to working with all members across the Council. Amy Winehouse was a popular figure in Camden and leaves a lasting legacy. The Foundation are a fantastic cause and I not only look forward to raising much needed funds for their work, but also supporting their aim of increasing drug and alcohol education to young people”.
Whilst raising funds for our foundation, Jonathan Simpson will also work closely on our Resilience Programme.
In March this year, we officially launched the Resilience Programme at London’s first ever ‘Recovery Festival’ in Westminster. This programme will support and educate pupils, teachers and parents and inspire change in the way children are taught about drugs and alcohol in school.
Working with the new Mayor, we will soon begin the programme in three schools in Camden; Acland Burghley, Hampstead School and La Sante Union.
Mitch Winehouse, Chair of the Amy Winehouse Foundation said: “Jonathan has been incredibly supportive of our work with young people and we are absolutely delighted that he has chosen the Amy Winehouse Foundation as his charity for the year. We very much look forward to working with him and his team.”
To find out more about our Resilience Programme please visit http://www.amywinehousefoundation.org/resilience-programme-for-schools
Thanks for reading and have a great week x