Stars gather at Amy Winehouse Foundation fundraiser

07:14 21 November 2012

Mark Ronson was among the guests at the ball. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Mark Ronson was among the guests at the ball. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Musicians paid tribute to late singer Amy Winehouse last night as they gathered in her memory to raise money for disadvantaged young people.

Singer Mica Paris donned an all black ensemble for the event. Picture: Ian West/PA WireSinger Mica Paris donned an all black ensemble for the event. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Guests including producer Mark Ronson and singer Tyler James, attended the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball at The Dorchester hotel.

The event was staged to raise money for the foundation’s work, which helps young people struggling with issues such as homelessness and drug and alcohol misuse.

Speaking at the event, Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said early intervention was key to preventing young people falling into alcohol and drug problems which blighted his daughter’s later life.

“We need to do as much as we can to raise as much money as we can for disadvantaged young people,” he said.

EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer also leant her support. File picture: Ian West/PA WireEastEnders actress Patsy Palmer also leant her support. File picture: Ian West/PA Wire

“The key is early intervention, which means getting into schools and speaking to young people at the earliest opportunity. 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.”

The ball included performances from former Bros star Matt Goss and recent X Factor contestant Ella Henderson.

Mitch Winehouse said the event will raise money for young people. Picture: Ian West/PA WireMitch Winehouse said the event will raise money for young people. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

The Amy Winehouse Foundation fetched £230,000 on its first anniversary, with the money going towards such charities as the New Horizon Youth Centre and Fitzrovia Youth In Action.

Both organisations provide charitable activities for disadvantaged young people.

The foundation also supports scholarships for underprivileged pupils at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where Amy was trained.

She died in July last year at the age of 27.

Amy Winehouse died last year. File picture: Yui Mok/PA WireAmy Winehouse died last year. File picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Tyler James, who found fame on BBC One show The Voice, was living with the troubled star when she died of drink abuse.

He said his performance at the ball was in memory of Amy, who he called his “soulmate”.

“I had alcohol problems in the past, I went to rehab, I’m lucky to be here. I was taught quite a lot about drugs in school, but no-one really talked about the dangers of alcohol,” he said.

“I’m still grieving but something like this helps me because it’s a really positive thing. She’d be so proud of her dad and her family.

“Amy was my soulmate, I think about her all the time. Part of me feels like she’s still here.”

Mark Ronson, who produced Winehouse’s award-winning Back To Black album, said: “I’m here to support the foundation and to make sure money is raised to let Amy’s legacy do some good.”

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