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The family of a teen who died from a rare illness have been reunited with plaque in her memory thanks to a Star reader.

Barnsley mum Janine Lynch was presented with the brass plate engraved ‘Carinna Lynch 1978-1995’ by staff at Little Kelham, a sustainable property in development Kelham Island.

Construction workers at the Sheffield site discovered the plaque when renovating the former Eagle Works gatehouse on Green Lane and appealed for information through The Star to help trace Carinna’s family.

Reader David Marsh searched through Barnsley Metropolitan Borough records and found Janine’s address via Barnsley Bereavement Services enabling Little Kelham staff to make contact.

Janine, aged 65, of Monk Bretton, said: “It was quite a shock to get a letter saying a plaque with Carinna’s name on it had been found.

“It was originally put on a bench in her memory at Priory School in Barnsley, which she attended.

“We wondered what had happened to it when the school was demolished a few years ago - it’s a complete mystery how it came to be in Sheffield.”

Carinna fell ill in May 1995 when she was sitting her GCSE exams.

The 16-year-old was diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis, an autoimmune disease that affects vessels in various organs.

In Carrina’s case the rare illness was very aggressive and the bright teenager died within just three months.

Her younger sister Yvonne, said: “She didn’t let on how rubbish she was feeling and continued to sit her exams until she was admitted to hospital.

“She was amazing and managed to get ten GCSEs.

“Me and mum collected her results after she passed away, she wanted to be a nursery nurse.”

Carinna’s family plan to reinstate the plaque on a bench in her memory at one of her favourite childhood spots, either in Newmillderdam or at the seaside town of Scarborough where the Lynchs often holidayed.

Nadia Jagiellowicz, sales negotiator for Citu, the company developing Little Kelham, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the Star reader who took the effort to do that important research which allowed us to contact Carinna’s family.

“It’s still a bit of a mystery how it came to be here but it is nice to know that Carinna’s family will be able to put it somewhere special again.”