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Education Must Be Effective If We Are To Tackle These Shocking Health Statistics, Says Amy Winehouse’s Father


Mitch Winehouse has stated that education around drinking is ‘inconsistent or non existent’ in response to new Government figures on health inequalities and premature death rates in the UK.

The figures were published today (11th June) by Public Health England, via its new Longer Lives website ( On BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt pointed out that they were ‘shocking’, and that education was key in addressing the issues behind the statistics, such as obesity, smoking and drinking.

Mitch is in full agreement that education plays a vital role in improving the nation’s wellbeing. However, he is adamant that any such education has to be timely, consistent and effective – and that such education programmes in secondary schools have historically been either ‘inconsistent or non existent’.

He states: ‘In the few areas that do have educational programmes that cover alcohol, these only happen once or twice a year and don’t include any teacher training, parent engagement or ongoing student support.

‘That is why the Amy Winehouse Foundation has set up its own programme. We believe it will change drug and alcohol education in this country for the better. It works as education as it looks at why people drink or use drugs, and is delivered in partnership with the specialist treatment charity, Addaction’.

The Amy Winehouse Resilience Programme for Schools currently operates in ten sites across the UK, but Mr. Winehouse urges councils – who have been responsible for tackling local public health problems since April – to look closely at what is being provided in their communities.

‘The government agrees that prevention is better than cure when it comes to these important issues’ says Mr. Winehouse, ‘which is exactly why we must get programmes – like the Amy Winehouse Reslience Programme – into schools.

Watch Team AWF At The Centre Point Sleep Out!


Staff members of the Amy Winehouse Foundation bonded at Centre Point’s recent Sleep Out, raising £1500 for the charity into the bargain.

The Sleep Out took place in Broadgate’s Exchange Square, along with another London event and one near Centrepoint’s North East service in Durham, and saw more than 850 brave and hardy souls brave the chilly temperature to raise awarness and money for homeless young people.

Together, they brought in almost £300,000.

LauraLynn Hospice Receives €25,000 Donation From AWF

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Mitch, along with patron Barbara Windsor, made a flying visit to Dublin in order to donate 25,000 euros to the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.

The money came from album sales of Lioness: Hidden Treasures in Ireland.

Mitch told the Irish Independent: “We were moved and in awe of the great work the Hospice does for kids in Ireland.

“Our Foundation is in place to help charities and projects that make a difference and nowhere is this illustrated so well as at LauraLynn.”

The Foundation will continue to donate money to the Hopsice as sales of Lioness continues.


BIMM Donates £3,000 To Amy Winehouse Foundation


The Amy Winehouse Foundation was delighted to receive a donation of £3,000 from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music on June 15.

A cheque was presented to Mitch at a gig held by the school in Brighton.

Speaking to the Brighton Argus about the Foundation’s plans about making children and young adults more aware of the effects of drug use, Mitch said: “The fact is kids don’t want to be told they shouldn’t be taking these drugs. They just need to be educated about the dangers so they are empowered to make their own decision.”

The Foundation extends its sincere thanks to everyone at BIMM.

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.

Amy – My Daughter Available To Buy Now


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‘Amy, My Daughter’, the official biography of Amy is now available in the UK:

Documenting Amy’s earlier years, her rise to stardom and her struggles with addiction, the book will bring together the personal, the private and the public to create a fitting tribute and celebration of her life.

Written by Mitch Winehouse, all author proceeds from every copy sold will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity set up in her name.

Video: Amy Winehouse Foundation Visits New Horizon and Pilion Crashpad Shelter


One of the areas the Amy Winehouse Foundation focuses on concerns homeless and financially disadvantaged young people.

Two of the charities that we will be funding under this remit are the New Horizon Youth Centre and the Pilion Trust Crashpad Shelter, both based in North London.

The Foundation visited the centres recently, where we got to spend time with the beneficiaries of these fantastic places, as well as meeting Jon Snow, anchor for Channel 4 News and chair of New Horizon, and Savvas Panas, who’s amazing work keeps the Crashpad Centre open during the cold nights of the British winter.

Here is the video from his visit.

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.

“Body And Soul” Wins Grammy, Mitch And Janis Accept Award On Amy’s Behalf


“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.