Belfast Telegraph

Winehouse impressed by hospice work

The father of Amy Winehouse said he was "blown away" by the work at a children's hospice in Dublin as he donated 25,000 euro in his daughter's name.

Mitch Winehouse made a flying visit to the LauraLynn House in the south of the city to hand the money over.

The hospice foundation was set up by Jane and Brendan McKenna in 2001 after their daughters, Laura, four, and 13-year-old Lynn, died in the space of two years.

Mr Winehouse, who travelled on behalf of the Amy Winehouse Foundation along with patron Barbara Windsor, said the money was raised from sales of her last album Lioness: Hidden Treasures.

"We got a donation from Universal in Ireland which was the euro equivalent of a pound for every album that was sold in Ireland," he said.

"We were looking for a suitable charity here and the people at LauraLynn actually contacted us before that. We looked at their information pack and we decided to come out here and visit them and we were blown away by the work they were doing out here.

"This is only the start. We are going to be doing more fundraising for them as well," he told RTE radio.

LauraLynn is Ireland's first children's hospice, helping young people from birth to 18 years old with life limiting conditions and their families.

It officially opened last year after campaigners raised 5.5 million euro to build and fit it out. It costs 2.37 million euro a year to run.

Mr Winehouse said: "Our foundation is in place to help charities and projects that make a difference and nowhere is this illustrated so well as at LauraLynn. We are honoured to be able to make this donation in Amy's name and know that she would be proud too."


From Belfast Telegraph