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Stars gather in Amy's memory for charity bash

A HOST of music stars paid tribute to Amy Winehouse as they gathered to raise money for disadvantaged young people.

Family and friends of the late singer, including producer Mark Ronson and singer Tyler James, attended the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball in London last night.

The event at The Dorchester hotel was staged to raise money for the foundation's work, which helps young people struggling with homelessness and drug and alcohol misuse.

Speaking at the event, Amy's father Mitch Winehouse said early intervention was key to preventing young people falling into alcohol and drug problems which blighted his daughter's later life.

"We need to do as much as we can to raise as much money as we can for disadvantaged young people," he said.

"The key is early intervention, which means getting into schools and speaking to young people at the earliest opportunity. Giving them all the information they need and allowing them to make the appropriate decisions for them."

The ball included performances from former Bros star Matt Goss and X Factor contestant Ella Henderson.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation fetched £230,000 (¤286,000) on its first anniversary, with the money going towards such charities as the New Horizon Youth Centre and Fitzrovia Youth In Action.

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