Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch plans to set up a charity for people struggling with substance abuse.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation would help the things she loved, such as children and horses, and also those with addictions, said Mitch.

Mitch, who was in New York on Saturday when Amy died, said: “I was with my cousin Michael when I heard and straight away I said I wanted an Amy Winehouse Foundation, something to help the things she loved – children, horses, but also to help those struggling with substance abuse.

“In this country, if you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two-year waiting list for help. With the help of Keith Vaz MP, we are trying to change that.”

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MP Keith Vaz has offered to support the Amy Winehouse Foundation since Mitch gave evidence for an inquiry into drugs at a home affairs select committee in 2009.

He said: "I am very happy to help Mitch in any way I can with his important campaign to help rehabilitate those most vulnerable in our society."

Amy’s family and friends have spoken about her warmth and generous nature since her death.

While Amy struggled with her own addiction, she put her friend and stylist Alex Fodden through rehab, costing £130,000. He says the singer saved his life.