13:34 22 November 2012
The first fundraising ball for the Amy Winehouse Foundation was held on Wednesday which was attended by the singer’s family and friends, including Tyler James, former The Voice contestant.
Other people said to have been at the charity ball includes Dionne Broomfield, and Mark Ronson. The charity ball was reportedly able to raise £230,000 for disadvantaged young people.
Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse, who lost his daughter at the age of 27 due to alcohol and drug abuse, said that early intervention is the key to stop people from falling into the same problem.
“We need to do as much as we can to raise as much money as we can for disadvantaged young people,” he said.
“The key is early intervention, which means getting into schools and speaking to young people at the earliest opportunity and giving them all the information they need and allowing them to make the appropriate decisions for them.
“It's not going to help everybody. There's still going to be people who still turn to drugs.
“But if people know that legal highs might be legal but they're not safe, they are not stupid, they'll be able to make the appropriate decisions for themselves.”
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