Amy Winehouse Foundation Funding Children’s Hospice in London, Music Program in New Orleans
A year after Amy Winehouse passed away unexpectedly at the age of 27, the singer's Amy Winehouse Foundation charity has announced several new initiatives, including a plan to help build a children's hospice called Noah's Ark in north London.
Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, who recently described this as one of the foundation's "major projects," tells NME, "There is no children's hospice covering Camden, Islington, Enfield. That's where Amy lived and grew up. They've bought the land, we're gonna help them build it."
The charitable trust, which was set up by the singer's family following her death, aims to offer support for "young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial disadvantage or addiction." Other projects on the horizon include the funding of several scholarships at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where Winehouse studied.
The foundation also recently contributed nearly $55,000 apiece to a British charity similar to Make-A-Wish that's called Hopes and Dreams and grants wishes for terminally ill children, plus the London-based New Horizons Youth Centre. And to top it off, they have ambitious plans for a project across the pond in New Orleans, La.
"I remember sitting with [Amy] when Hurricane Katrina happened in 2005, and she said, 'This is terrible, Dad,'" recalls Mitch. "So I had a pretty good idea of what we were gonna do in the States. We're raising money to create an after-school music workshop in New Orleans, and we're working in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Were gonna feed them and we're gonna create these after-school music clubs."