Amy Winehouse Foundation drink and drugs scheme wins lottery grant

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Image caption Amy Winehouse died in July 2011 aged 27

The father of singer Amy Winehouse says he is "thrilled" after the charity set up in her honour was awarded a £4.3m lottery grant.

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 foundation piloted lessons last year where pupils were urged to talk openly to people affected by addiction.

The extra money will see the scheme brought to 10 locations across England.

Mitch Winehouse said: "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.

"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."

A team of 250 trained volunteers, who have direct experience of substance misuse and are in recovery themselves, will help run the sessions.

Mr Winehouse set up the foundation following the death of his daughter in July 2011 at the age of 27.

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