The father of Amy Winehouse has said he wants to tackle the long delay that people face while waiting to access rehabilitation and addiction treatments.
Mitch Winehouse revealed his plans to set up a foundation and addiction centre in his daughter’s honour during her funeral on Tuesday.
Singer Amy Winehouse, who shot to fame after her ‘Back to Black’ album won her eight Grammy awards, was found dead at her home on Saturday 23 July, aged just 27.
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Despite lots of speculation her death was the result of an ongoing problem with drink and drugs, post-mortem results came back as being inconclusive.
Speaking at her cremation, Mitch Winehouse revealed his plans to start a foundation to help people who are suffering from substance addiction.
“If you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two-year waiting list for help,” he said.
He also said before her death his daughter had been “trying hard to deal with her drinking” and she had “conquered” her addiction to drugs.
Meanwhile, the MP Keith Vaz has said he will help Mitch in his efforts after he gave evidence in 2009 during a Commons home affairs select committee inquiry into drugs.
“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," said Vaz.