Amy Winehouse was remembered last night during The Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, fondly remembered his daughter’s nurturing ways. “She would have liked all the support because a part of what we do is help homeless charities and young people and of course she had someone who was homeless living with her for over six months — which was a bit strange!” He continued, “It started off when she was in the flat in the West End (of London) and Amy was asleep upstairs and this girl was walking around and I thought, ‘Hi how are you?’ I didn’t want to say, ‘What are you doing here, who are you?’ You know – it’s rude. So when [Amy] finally decided to wake up I said, ‘Who’s that young lady that’s walking around?’ and she said, ‘She was homeless, dad, and I’m looking after her.’”
The foundation was set up following Amy’s death in July 2011 and aims to support support the homeless with advice and a warm bed during the winter.
According to Winehouse’s father, “To be honest with you she wasn’t a big fan of this sort of thing, because she’d just say, ‘Get on with it dad, stop talking and get on with it.’ The inspiration [behind the gala] is Amy, because she was such a charitable young lady and a wonderful girl, and we’re just merely carrying on the work she was already doing.”