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Amy Winehouse Foundation makes first donations

By Hilary Fox and Nicki Finlay
Associated Press / December 2, 2011
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LONDON—Amy Winehouse's father says meeting the first children to be helped by the foundation set up in his late daughter's name has been both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was officially launched 10 weeks ago to support vulnerable youth, and has pledged to donate 500,000 pounds ($780,000) in its first year.

The singer's parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, visited Little Havens Children's Hospice in Thundersley, east of London, on Wednesday to meet children benefitting from a 10,000-pound ($15,600) donation.

Mitch Winehouse says "it was heartbreaking actually . . . I'm starting to well up now, but heartwarming at the same time."

A British coroner ruled the singer, known for her beehive hairdo and hits like "Rehab," died of alcohol poisoning.

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