Mitch Winehouse wants to save young addicts

Last Monday, Amy Winehouse‘s brave family joined the tearful throng of fans outside her home in north London, thanking them for their support.

Touchingly her cabbie dad Mitch knelt down in front of a baby girl and tearfully told her dad: Look after your little girl.’

And he meant it.

Mitch, 60, wants to see more government money spent on drug rehabilitation centres to save the lives of precious children who grow up to be troubled teenagers.

And, in memory of his daughter, he intends to get involved.

‘This is why we are going to set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation,’ he announced yesterday. ‘This isn’t only important to our whole country. There’s hundreds of thousands of young people in situations today that could be avoided.

‘These are our future policemen, doctors, lawyers and solicitors that we could help.’

Amy had several stints in rehab but many families just don’t have the cash.

‘We were in the fortunate position of being able to fund Amy to go into private rehab but this is about people who can’t afford it,’ says Mitch.

Amy’s funeral was held at Edgewarebury Cemetery last week, attended by over 200 mourners.

Celebrities including Kelly Osbourne, Mark Ronson, DJ Nick Grimshaw and Amy’s goddaughter Dionne Bromfield – who performed on stage with Amy at The Roundhouse in Camden just three days before her death – paid their respects.

During the service, Amy’s iconic album Back To Black was played outside and could be heard throughout the Jewish ceremony.

The singer was later cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.

Read the full story about Amy Winehouse in Now magazine dated 8 August 2011 – out now!

Now cover 8 August 2011

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