Art award plan to keep Amy’s memory alive

Window tribute: Amy Kirkby's uncle, Michael Boylan, with the flowers and cards the family shop window on Central Avenue, Edlington.

Window tribute: Amy Kirkby's uncle, Michael Boylan, with the flowers and cards the family shop window on Central Avenue, Edlington.

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RELATIVES of a Doncaster teenager who died suddenly at home are hoping to create an art prize to keep her memory alive.

Amy Kirkby died after apparently collapsing in the shower at her home in Sprotbrough.

Hundreds of mourners are expected at her funeral in the village today.

Mum Joanne Kirkby said the family is still in shock, but looking at setting up a memorial fund.

She said her 15-year-old daughter, who was a talented artist, had received a letter before she died telling her she had been nominated for an art prize.

She said: “I opened the letter from the school, and I was worried that she had been in some bother when I first picked it up!

“But it said she should feel very proud for her efforts.

“Sadly, she will not win the prize now. Tragically, Amy can’t carry on with her art.

“But we’d love to do something to continue her memory by encouraging others to carry on with what Amy loved. Amy was great - she was brilliant.”

The family is also looking at collecting money to donate to charities which helped Amy when she collapsed, including Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

There will be a collection at her funeral at St Mary’s Church, Sprotbrough, at 1.30pm today. The family also plans to set up a Just Giving website page in Amy’s memory.

Mrs Kirkby, of Brompton Road, Sprotbrough, said there was also talk of an orange tree being planted at her school, Ridgewood, in a nod to Amy’s bright red hair.

The family still do not what caused Amy’s death.

Meanwhile, the family’s electrical retail business, Boylans, on Central Terrace, Edlington, has become a shrine to Amy.

The shop, run by Joanne’s brother Michael Boylan, has been inundated with cards and flowers which are being placed in the shop window in tribute. Joanne also works there.

Mr Boylan said: “There are hundreds of flowers and cards which have been brought in.

“Our mum and dad ran the shop for 43 years, and people who know them look and see they have lost a granddaughter.

“People have been really supportive. The response has been quite overwhelming and humbling.”

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