Amy Winehouse dress to be sold by Redbridge dreams charity
A dress worn by singer Amy Winehouse at a gig just seven months before her death will be sold to raise money for a Redbridge charity granting dreams to children with life-limiting illnesses.
Hopes and Dreams was donated the dress by Amy.
The charity was then presented with the dress by the singer’s father Mitch Winehouse, who is a patron of the good cause.
Charity chairman Ruth Salahi said she was at first wary of selling the outfit following Amy’s death in a flat in Camden in July.
“I spoke to Mitch to ask his permission [to sell it],” said Mrs Salahi.
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“He said, ‘that’s what I gave it to you for’.”
The 1950s-inspired blue and pink dress signed “Amy X” on the front was worn during a gig in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 11.
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The charity hopes to sell it to an interested buyer for thousands of pounds.
Mrs Salahi said: “Amy was quite into children’s charities. She thought it was brilliant Mitch was involved.”
The charity also has a collage of the singer’s albums which it hopes will raise even more money.
Hopes and Dreams was established 19 years ago with the aim of putting smiles on the faces of terminally and seriously ill children by granting their wishes.
Mrs Salahi, of Somersby Gardens, Redbridge, has been a member of the charity’s committee for years and chairman for 10 of those.
Members work voluntarily and wishes granted by the charity include a trip to Disneyland, swimming with dolphins in Turkey and meeting Formula One world champion Jenson Button.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, a charity golf tournament and auction was held by the charity at Abridge Golf and Country Club in Essex.
The auction held in the evening at the club helped raise more than �3,000.
Gifts auctioned off included VIP tickets to a Rihanna gig in London and football memorabilia.
Charity chairman Ruth Salahi said: “It was a fantastic day. It was the first golf tournament we’ve ever held.”
The day was organised by charity partners Raffingers Stuart.
To find out more about Hopes and Dreams, log on to www.hopesdreams.org.