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Amy Winehouse Foundation makes 1st donations

Amy Winehouse appears in a photo posted on the singer's Facebook page on November 9, 2007. Winehouse died on July 23, 2011. (facebook.com/amywinehouse)

December 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Amy Winehouse's father said meeting the first kids to be helped by the foundation set up in his late daughter's name was both a "heartbreaking" and "heartwarming" experience.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was launched 10 weeks ago to support vulnerable youth, and has pledged to donate 500,000 pounds ($780,000) in its first year.

The soul singer's parents, Mitch and Janice Winehouse, visited Little Havens Children's Hospice in Thundersley Wednesday to meet children benefitting from a 10,000-pound ($15,600) donation.

"It was heartbreaking actually...I'm starting to well up now, but heartwarming at the same time," Mitch Winehouse said.

A British coroner ruled the singer, known for her beehive hairdo and hits like "Rehab," died of alcohol poisoning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.