Amy Winehouse was a passionate musician, known for her deep vocals and broad musical genres including soul, jazz and reggae.
In the period of 2005, Amy had a strong addiction with alcohol and heavy drug use leading to weight loss. In result to this, she had to cancel many of her shows in the UK and Europe. Through this time, she was hospitalised for what was reported as an overdose of heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol. Due to this, on the 23rd of July, 2011, aged 27, she sadly passed away, leading to many crying faces, both from family and friends, but also from her many fans.
While she was alive, she took in many homeless people and provided shelter and food. Even behind her father’s word, she still helped the homeless. Through this kindness, after her death, her father stepped up and realised he needed to support those with the same issue as Amy, helping them with addiction towards drugs and alcohol. Thus, four years ago, the Amy Winehouse Foundation was born; to keep her memory alive.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation, working alongside Addaction, a drug and alcohol treatment charity try to get the message of the danger of drugs to up to 5000 children every year. As well as this, they give out hot meals every day of the year and also give a shelter during winter for homeless people from up to the age of 30 years.
“Media portrays drug and alcohol users as a negative image,” says a volunteer at the Amy Winehouse Foundation. However, addicts just have different experiences in their lives but the media don’t look at the bigger picture.
The foundation also tried to raise young people’s self-esteem, by getting them to share hopes, dreams and ambitions in life. They try and teach them that takings drugs and alcohol could lead them to ending their hopes.
Overall, the Amy Winehouse Foundation helps and supports drug and alcohol addicts recover from their bad habits and helps them try to see the better side.
By Khushi, Rona and Diya