On April 21, 2014 Janis Winehouse-Collins, mother of Amy Winehouse, leapt out of an aeroplane to finally complete the Amys30 celebrations.
Janis wanted to show the world that suffering from multiple sclerosis doesn’t mean that your world comes crashing to a halt, and we’re sure you agree that she’s certainly proved her point!
You can still make a donation by going to http://www.justgiving.com/JanisWinehouse.
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.
“Body and Soul”, Amy’s duet with legendary crooner Tony Bennett, picked up a Grammy award for best pop performance by a duo for duet in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Mitch and Janis were present, and took to the stage to accept the award after being called up by Bennett.
Mitch said: “We shouldn’t be here. Our darling daughter should be here. These are the cards that we’re dealt.”
Referring to the tragic death of Whitney Houston earlier in the day, Mitch added: “Long live Whitney Houston, long live Amy Winehouse, Long live Etta James. There’s a beautiful girl band up in heaven.”
This was Amy’s sixth Grammy Award; “Back to Black” claimed five at the 2008 ceremony.