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Amy Winehouse Foundation grants £20,000 to the MS Society

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The MS Society fund research, give grants, campaign for change, provide information and support, invest in MS specialists and lend a listening ear to those who need it. Their Mission is to enable everyone affected by MS to live life to their full potential and secure the care and support they need, until they ultimately find a cure.

There are probably about 5000 children with MS in the UK and looking after these young people can be a challenge as even ‘simple’ things like the correct dose of drug for a child are not well established. We spoke to them about the ways in which their work related specifically to young people to see which areas we may be able to offer support in.

As Janis Winehouse, Amy’s mother, suffers with multiple sclerosis, the work of the MS Society is a cause particularly close to the family’s hearts. The Amy Winehouse Foundation has granted the MS Society £20,000, £10,000 of which will go towards a two year study of children and young people will MS which mean faster diagnosis, better understanding of how MS develops in children and improved access to the best treatments. Another £10,000 will go towards their Short Breaks and Activities and Young Carers grants schemes.

The Foundation attended the MS Society’s MS Life event in Manchester back in April where Janis presented them with their grant cheque, here is a short film from our visit.

£35,360 grant to go to New Horizon Youth Centre

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This year we agreed to grant £35,360 to New Horizon Youth Centre. New Horizon Youth Centre is a day centre working with young people who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk. This grant will fund a Music Tutor for one year, so that 300 young people can develop skills in music production, lyric writing, singing and performance and as a result improve their confidence and self-esteem. It will also fund the cost to provide nutritional daily meals for up to 60 young people per day for a year – over 21,000 meals!

You can watch a video of our visit to New Horizon Youth Centre here:

We will also be supporting the following event which they will be holding to raise both awareness and further funds:

The New Horizon Comedy Benefit. Hosted by Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow with Mitch Winehouse.

Name: New Horizon’s Comedy Benefit
Date: Monday 14th May 2012
Venue: Prince Edward Theatre, (a Delfont Mackintosh Theatre)
Address: Old Compton Street, London
Tickets priced at: £15, £20 and £40
Phone bookings: 0844 482 5127 (Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm)

Phone bookings: 0844 482 5127 (mon-sat 10am – 6pm)
For updates and ticket information; www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk or www.nhyouthcentre.org.uk.

You can read more info about this event here.

Amy Winehouse Foundation Donates £20,000 To Fitzrovia Youth In Action – Video

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On April 16, the Amy Winehouse Foundation attended an event organised by Fitztrovia Youth in Action. It was a celebration of the different partnerships Fitzrovia has, and included a presentation evening, where young people who have completed drug and alcohol training were given certificates.

It also served as an opportunity to announce a donation of £20,000 from the Foundation to fund a media-based drug and alcohol based project with Fitzrovia.

AWF Donates £30,000 To Rehab Charity Focus 12

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation, represented by Mitch and Jane Winehouse, has donated £30,000 to a rehabilitation charity in Suffolk.

Focus 12, which helps people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, received a cheque from the Foundation on February 24, with the donation being used to sponsor a full-time place for youngsters battling their addiction.

Focus12 Chief Executive Chip Somers said: “We are tremendously grateful for this donation, which will help us to make a real difference to the lives of young people in crisis.”

Mitch and Jane also took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place to officially launch Focus 12’s new therapy centre The Annexe, which will offer counselling to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.

Chestnut Tree House Receives £10,000 Donation

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Mitch Winehouse, together with wife Jane and Janis and Richard Collins, presented Chestnut Tree House with a donation of £10,000 at the charity’s fourth annual Snowman Spectacular Fundraising Ball earlier last month.

Held at Brighton’s Hilton Metropole on December 3, a fantastic fundraising night saw Mitch  take to the stage following the presentation of the cheque, with all 539 guests enjoying an evening of superb entertainment, a three-course dinner, dancing, and plenty of fundraising activities.

Linda Perry, Director of Children’s Services at Chestnut Tree House, had previously said, “We are so grateful to Mitch for visiting the hospice and to the Amy Winehouse Foundation for this very generous donation which will go towards setting up a neonates service to help very young babies who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. It will be fantastic to hear Mitch singing at the Snowman Spectacular Ball and to have the chance to thank him in person for his support of Chestnut Tree House.


Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

The only hospice in Sussex that cares for children and young adults with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over the UK, Chestnut Tree House – open since 2003 – provides a ‘home from home’ environment with 10 children’s bedrooms in addition to eight family rooms, as well as a wet and dry play area, computer and music rooms, a multi sensory rom and hydrotherapy pool.

There are potentially 500 families with life-limited children in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including psychological support, care in bereavement therapy, end of life and respite care and sibling support.

It costs £2.5 million per year to provide care services. Families are not charged for their care and the hospice receives hardly any government funding at all, so it relies completely on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.