First birthday for Amy Winehouse foundation

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2012
Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Winehouse family, as the troubled singer would have marked her 29th birthday.

Instead, it marks a year since the creation of a foundation in Amy Winehouse's memory, which in the 12 months since its launch has raised funds to help disadvantaged youths.

More than £230,000 has been raised so far to help the New Horizon Youth Centre, which works with young homeless people and provides them with a daily hot meal.

Other projects backed by the foundation include groups advising adolescents on issues relating to drug and alcohol abuse, a children's hospice and a mental health charity , There is also a scholarship fund to send talented youngsters to the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where the singer herself trained.

The aim is to raise £500,000 by the end of this year. Her father Mitch, writing on Twitter, said: "Happy birthday Amy darling. We all love you so much. Dad."

Last updated: 11:17am, September 14 2012