Mitch Winehouse met with several parliamentary officials yesterday in London to discuss the opening of a drug rehab centre in memory of his daughter, the late Amy Winehouse.
??In a meeting with Keith Vaz MP and Minister for Crime and Security James Brokenshire, Winehouse outlined his plans for the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The charity would help those undergoing addiction problems similar to the singer, who faced a series of drug and alcohol abuse problems throughout her career.
??Winehouse, who has discussed the creation of such charity since his daughter’s funeral last Tuesday, asked Government to back the charity financially during the meeting yesterday.
??"There (are) hundreds of thousands of young people in situations today that could be avoided, and these are our future policemen, doctors and lawyers and solicitors, that we could help. We need to be able to help our children,” he said.
Winehouse also said that the charity rehab clinic “is about people that can't afford it.”
Winehouse was joined yesterday by Amy’s managers as well as addiction expert, Sarah Graham.
"Rehabilitation is more expensive than treatment in the community but in reality most desperate young people cannot access it," said Graham, who is also an advisor to the foundation.??
Graham also made it clear that she does not think that the foundation should go without funding. ??
“If we build something, we need the Government to commit to pay for the beds long-term."?