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Amy Winehouse project comes to South Yorkshire schools

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Image caption The foundation is named after singer Amy Winehouse who died in 2011

A charity set up following the death of Amy Winehouse has been rolled out to schools across South Yorkshire.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation has joined forces with charity Addaction to roll out a five-year drink and drugs education project to secondary schools.

The five-year project is to visit up to 50 secondary schools with the addiction charity Addaction, organisers said.

The foundation is named after the soul singer, who died in July 2011, aged 27 after drinking too much alcohol.

The programme will see volunteers, who have previously abused substances, help pupils to talk openly about problems with drugs and alcohol.

Amy's father, Mitch, revealed plans to set up a foundation in his daughter's name at her funeral.

The project was awarded a grant of £4.3m from the Big Lottery Fund.

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