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Amy album to give hospice €175,000 boost

THE father of singing legend Amy Winehouse hopes her new album will raise at least €175,000 for Ireland's first children's hospice.

Mitch Winehouse, whose daughter died aged 27 in July this year, said that his heart had been touched by the welcome he received at the LauraLynn House in Leopardstown, Dublin, when he visited yesterday morning.

The posthumous album 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures' went on sale in Ireland last week.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation, established in her memory, originally planned to donate £1 (€1.17) to LauraLynn for every copy sold until the end of the year.

After viewing the "wonderful work" done at the hospice, Mr Winehouse said yesterday that he would extend the period indefinitely for donations from sales of the album.

Mr Winehouse said that the Dublin hospice, which opened in September, was chosen by the foundation because it was where his daughter would have wanted the money to go.

If the album sells as well as her second release 'Back to Black' did, it will raise at least €175,000 for the foundation.

"We were really welcomed at the LauraLynn, the children there were so welcoming and they really touched our hearts," Mr Winehouse told the Irish Independent yesterday.

Amy's history in Ireland goes back to 2006 when she performed an exclusive show at 'Other Voices' in Dingle.

Talking about the motivation behind the decision, he said: "Amy loved children, she couldn't stand the thought of any child suffering or being disadvantaged. We are carrying on work that was very important to Amy."

Philomena Dunne, chief executive of LauraLynn House, said: "With the help of organisations like ours, sick children and their families can enjoy quality time together in a home-from-home like LauraLynn House, whilst ensuring they receive the best available medical care."

Irish Independent