Amy and her music touched the lives of millions, and when she tragically passed away on July 232011, 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.
We had a caught up for a chat with the lovely Sharon Judd to ask a few questions regarding the foundation and that they do.
Links to the AWF can be found at the foot of the page.
G-C -The Amy Winehouse Foundation, tell us more about it
SJ - The Foundation was founded on September 14 2011, what would have been Amy's 28th Birthday.
Whilst the charity helps young people with drug and alcohol issues, they also educate to prevent anyone from becoming addicted. Also it is important for these people to be able to discuss what the catalyst was that created the problem. It's all about realising you are not on your own, of course at the time you are very vulnerable and can't see a way out, this charity is also about giving people hope and a sense of achievement.
Where does the money that's raised end up
The Amy Winehouse Foundation has lots of different facets within the charity. For instance there is a music room at Haven House, a children's hospice in Woodford, Essex. Which provides a nurturing environment for the child and their family to enjoy the music whilst being treated by qualified therapists. Some of the children at Haven House are receiving end of life care, so for them to have best treatment is paramount.
Also there is Amy's Yard which holds a 12 week programme in Amy's personal studio. This is for vulnerable artists to have the opportunity to gain more confidence within themselves and to record their work and to learn about the industry. Most importantly it gives them a positive focus and an outlet for their emotions through music.
The Amy Winehouse Music Therapy Programme at The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy has been funded since 2013. the purpose of the Centre is for the children to learn how to express themselves through music and learn independence.
All funded by the Foundation.
How did you get involved
I was attending a charity event at Gilgamesh, Camden Town which was raising money for Food for All. That is when I met Janis Winehouse and Richard Collins. We started talking about the nature of the evening and then we proceeded to discuss the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. That is when they asked me if I would like to be involved in fundraising for the Amy Winehouse Foundation. In the following September I held an event to celebrate what would have been her 32nd Birthday at The Dublin Castle. The Theme, The Aim, Pete Sisseam, The Carnabys, The Get Go and Magic Mod all donated their time for free to perform and help raise funds, along with DJ Darren Bennett and Wolfy Foxlow who did a fantastic job as Compere and stage manager.
Can volunteers get involved, if so how
Yes they can, If you go to this website www.justgiving.com/amywinehousefoundation/Raisemoney , there are lots of ideas and helpful legal advice on what do.
A recovery house recently opened in East London helping women addicts. How is that going
Amy's Place opened on August 22nd which consists of 12 self contained apartments to provide a safe environment for young women aged 18 to 30. This scheme is receiving a lot of positive feedback. A three month programme has been created for the residents to help them along the road to recovery. And to finally return to a more stable and secure way of life.
When we last spoke there was talk of an Amy Lambretta doing the rounds. What is the story behind that
My friend Graham Webb contacted me back in March with regards to the Lambretta and asked if I could help with his project. I told him I would be honoured!! To keep this under my hat since then has been extremely difficult, as it has been such an exciting process!!
Graham wanted a favourite saying of Amy's. I told him you can get quotes from books but not all are verbatim! So I said I would ring her family and ask. Rather than a saying they suggested something from the Back to Black album as it was her favourite. Graham decided to call the Lambretta Tears dry on their own. My friend assured me he would put his heart and soul into this project and he certainly has! The proof is in the photos and I can't thank him and the very talented Colin Fitzgerald enough!
What else do you have in the pipeline
The 14th Septemeber would of been Amy's Birthday. In Camden there is an event which has been named 'All for Amy Birthday Celebration and will take place in Camden. The itinerary consists of:
- Amy's Yard singers KERB Camden Market 1/3/5pm
- Jermain Jackman and SHE Choir North Yard 7pm
- There will be an AWF merch shop by Fred Perry and Rokit, Camden Lock Place.
- Style station, make up artist and Itsy Nails.
- Street art workshop by Pegasus
As always all proceeds go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.
After Amy's birthday celebrations the next step for me is to promote the Lambretta at a number of events, obviously Camden will be my first port of call. I am currently organising a photo shoot with Scootering Magazine as well. I have also been in talks with Itsy Nails London about doing a limited edition of their product, dedicating a colour in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust as well as the Amy Winehouse Foundation, very exciting. And of course to use the Lambretta in various advertising campaigns to raise funds.
Next year in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation and along with Teenage Cancer Trust, there will be a March of the Mods two day fundraising event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kate Bennett for asking me to join her on this project.
Lastly myself and Wolfy are in the process of building our promotional company called Regal Entertainment. This is a very exciting time for us so watch this space!!
Thank you Shaz and the Amy Winehouse Foundation in taking the time to run with the interview. x
Amy Winehouse (Lambretta)