A charity set up in memory of Amy Winehouse is rolling out a five-year drug and alcohol education programme in Derbyshire’s schools.
It was announced this week that the Amy Winehouse Foundation – set up by the late singer’s family – has clinched a £4.3million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
And Derbyshire is one of only ten areas in the country to be chosen to deliver the project to the county’s secondary school students.
The charity is teaming up with the charity Addaction to give teenagers a hard-edged insight into the alcohol and drug abuse culture.
Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this funding. It won’t solve the problems in itself, but it allows us to keep going with the great work being done in Amy’s name. And that’s what we want – to get on and do something.
“We could have spent our time trying to get the programme on to the school curriculum.
“But, in all honesty, that would have taken years and years of kids missing out on something that really helps them. We couldn’t wait and thanks to this funding support, we don’t have to.”