British pop singer Amy Winehouse, who died on July 23 at the age of 27, was reportedly planning to adopt a young girl from St. Lucia in the Carribbean.

Winehouse made several trips to the island over the past couple of years, and in 2009 met 10-year-old Dannika Augustine and her grandmother, Marjorie Lambert, who runs a beach bar Amy frequented.

“Amy loved Dannika with all her heart,” Lambert said. “They would spend all day playing, horse-riding and walking up and down the beach hand-in-hand. Amy used to beg me: ‘I want to adopt Dannika. I want to take her to England.’ She was prepared to move to St Lucia to be her full-time mum. If she had not died, there is no doubt she would be here in St Lucia ­completing the adoption process.”

Lambert also said Winehouse had hired attorneys and was planning a visit to St. Lucia next week. Danikka’s poverty-stricken parents had both agreed to the adoption so that their daughter could have a better life.

“Amy was already my mother,” Danikka said. “I would call her mum and she would call me her ­daughter. She took care of me and we had fun together. I loved her and she loved me. She was the most amazing person and I was looking forward to living with her here or in London. I cannot believe she is gone. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

[Sunday Mirror]