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Amy Winehouse Foundation underway

Published: Monday, August 1, 2011, 16:45 [IST]

Amy Winehouse's dad Mitch, who announced plans to set up Amy Winehouse Foundation at his daughter's funeral, is all set to make the plan a reality. He is scheduled to meet British government officials today to discuss on the charitable foundation in memory of the singer.

He is going to meet Keith Vaz, Member of Parliament, and James Brokenshire, Minister for Crime and Security, to present his plans and seek funding assistance. Mitch said that the foundation will support people with drug addiction problems. He added that it will benefit the children and horses, as his daughter used to love them so much.

Addiction expert Sarah Graham, an advisor for the foundation, said that they are working on the formalities to start the foundation. “It's all very well building a rehabilitation centre, but we need reassurances that we can work with Government and other agencies to make sure people get referred there, and that beds will be paid for. There is no point in having great facilities and great staff if no one refers addicts there. Under the current system it is fantastically difficult to get funding for rehabilitation, with key workers having to get funding from at least three different sources. We need the funding to be made much more straightforward," The Times quoted Sarah as saying.

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