An event held in memory of Brentford-based Alison Hughes has raised in excess of £1,000 for the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Held to mark what would have been Alison’s 30th birthday, the party was organised by mother Cheryl, along with Alison’s friends.
Alison passed away in 2006, having lost her battle with drug and alcohol addiction.
Of the event, Cheryl said: “This is a remarkable achievement, especially as Alison’s friends have never done anything like this before. They are all so thrilled that they have managed to raise so much in her memory.
“So many people turned up to remember her and I was so overwhelmed to see just how many people had loved Alison in her short lifetime. Alison’s closest friends who had planned and organised the whole event were amazing and really did her proud.”
The night, which included a raffle, alongside donations and a speech from Cheryl talking about her daughter and the reasons why the Foundation was chosen as a recipient of the evening, closed with white balloons being released into the London night, with messages of love to Alison having been written.
Cheryl added: “We watched them all float up into the night sky above Chiswick until they resembled little stars. As one of Alison’s friends commented, it was as if she then scooped them all up and they disappeared. It was a truly magical moment.”
So far, £1,071 has been raised, and a cheque presented to the Foundation. To Cheryl, and all of Alison’s friends and family, we extend our most sincere thanks.