A lasting tribute to talented teen

Amy Louise Kirkby, whose funeral was held on September 15, 2011.
Amy Louise Kirkby, whose funeral was held on September 15, 2011.
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THE memory of a talented art student who died suddenly is being kept alive with an annual award in her name.

The Amy Kirkby Award commemorates the life of the 15-year-old who tragically died after collapsing in the shower at home in Sprotbrough.

The award, that has just been given out for the first time, will be handed out to a student who excels in art at Ridgewood School each year.

Amy’s proud mum Joanne and sister Lucy attended a service at Doncaster Minster to watch the award being presented.

Mrs Kirkby, 45, of Brompton Road, Sprotbrough said: “I thought it was lovely that they’d invited us along, We sat on the front row. It was a really special night.

“The award is lovely because we feel like Amy will live on with us, she was such a talented artists and loved her fashion.”

The family plans to set up a permanent memorial to Amy and currently have around £3,000 in the fund from money that was donated at her funeral and from ongoing fundraising efforts.

Mrs Kirkby said the family was considering a few options including the possibility of planting 15 trees - to mark Amy’s age when she died, that will blossom every September - the month she died.

“We are still having a think and trying to sort out exactly what we are doing with the money but people have been so generous and lots of Amy’s friend have said they want to help,” she added.

Mrs Kirkby had received a letter shortly before Amy died telling her that her daughter had been nominated for an art prize - but sadly she never had the chance to collect it.

As part of the fundraising efforts for the Amy Kirkby Memorial Fund her friend Delyse Hall, who also sang at the funeral, organised a non-uniform day.

A friend of the family is also planning to run the London Marathon dressed as Aerial the little mermaid - a nickname Amy earned in a nod to her red hair.

The cause of Amy’s death on September 2 is still unknown.

Contact Boylanstv@btconnect.com to find out how you can support the fund.