Amy and her music touched the lives of millions, and when she tragically passed away on July 23rd 2011, aged only 27, it didn’t just break the hearts of her family and close friends – it had a huge impact all over the world.
That’s why her family felt it was important to keep her memory alive. On the 14th September of that year, they set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation – on what would have been Amy’s 28th birthday. Amy was passionate about helping young people, and fully understood the problems that many of them face.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. We also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.
The Foundation’s work focuses on three core areas
1. To inform and educate young people about the effects of drug and alcohol misuse, as well as to support those seeking help for their problems and those needing on-going support in their recovery
2. To provide support for those most vulnerable, including those who are disadvantaged through circumstance or at high risk of substance misuse.
3. To support the personal development of disadvantaged young people through music.
Today the Foundation helps tens of thousands of vulnerable young people across the UK and abroad, helping them to overcome drug and alcohol addiction and many other difficult issues, such as an eating disorder, or self-harming. We do this by working alongside a wide range of specialist organisations and other charities whose expertise allows us to get help to the young people who need it most.
But it is your support that also helps us do this, and which lets us make a significant and positive difference that pays tribute to Amy’s remarkable life, talent and beautiful spirit.
Find out how you can support the foundation and its work here.