Belfast Telegraph

Stars turn out for Amy Winehouse

Pixie Lott, Caprice and Jerry Hall were among the stars who turned out for the Amy Winehouse Foundation dinner at London's Dorchester Hotel.

The event was raising money for the foundation set up in the late singer's memory by her family to fund projects for children and disadvantaged people.

Amy's father Mitch Winehouse led the event and explained his daughter had been a very charitable person.

He said that on a holiday to St Lucia when she had been recovering from drug addiction, the Back To Black singer had hired horses meant for tourists to give local children rides for a month at a cost of 15,000 dollars.

Mitch said: "She'd created the Amy Winehouse Foundation long before we'd even thought about it.

"In so many ways she was a lovely girl who suffered from major problems. She dealt with all her addictions, except the last one."

He added: "I know we're helping other people, but it's been an incredibly wonderful thing for us to do in the wake of Amy's passing and it's helped a lot with our grief."

Pixie, who wore a floor-length red Alice Temperley gown, said: "I love anyone who's got a soulful, amazing voice and she definitely had that. My favourite song was Love Is A Losing Game because of the amount of soul that's in it."

Barbara Windsor, a supporter of the Foundation, said: "Everybody loves Amy so you don't have to ask too much [for people to get involved]. Her legacy lives on."

Former JLS star Oritse Williams was also at the event showing his support.

He said: "Amy was one of my biggest musical inspirations. I studied her albums when I was a kid so I had to be here."

Jerry Hall paid tribute to Amy, saying: "She was so talented. What a loss," while Caprice added of the charity's work: "Especially when you've had your own children, you can appreciate it all the more."

Other stars on the red carpet included Mark Ronson, Dynamo, Mica Paris, Amy's mother Janis Winehouse and Ollie Lock, while Boy George and Ronnie Wood were expected to attend the dinner.


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