THE heartbroken mum of a schoolgirl who died suddenly after apparently collapsing in the bath has paid tribute to her “stunning” daughter who was “always smiling”.
Joanne Kirkby found her 15-year-old daughter Amy in the bathroom of their home. The cause of the former Ridgewood School pupil’s death is still not known after a post-mortem examination failed to establish how she died.
Mrs Kirkby, 45, of Brompton Road, Sprotbrough, said: “We are all still in shock.
“She was a beautiful girl, inside and out, always smiling, devoted to everyone around her and she was so popular, she had so many friends.
“The first thing you noticed about her was her beautiful red hair and piercing blue eyes, she was stunning.
“We have got so many lovely pictures of Amy to remember her but the thought that she won’t be on any future pictures is devastating.”
The window of Boylans electrical shop in Edlington, where Mrs Kirkby works with her brother Michael Boylan, has now become a shrine for Amy after the pair were inundated with cards and flowers.
Mr Boylan, 43, who took over the business from his parents who set the shop up 47 years ago, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support from our customers and friends.
“It’s very humbling. We’ve had hundreds of cards, flowers, pictures. We thought it would be appropriate to put them in the window for people to see.
“It just shows how in tragic circumstances the community pulls together and really supports each other. There has always been that sense of community in Edlington.”
Friends of Amy, who was a talented artist and had aspirations of becoming a model, also paid tribute to her with a Chinese lantern release in her memory on Friday.
Mrs Kirkby, who also has a ten-year-old daughter Lucy, added: “We used to call ourselves the three musketeers.
“I’d call Amy my co-pilot because she used to help me with directions in the car. She was always there for me, always wanted to know how I was. She was like my best friend as well as my daughter.”
Mrs Kirkby also praised ambulance, police and hospital staff as well as her neighbour Falco Rech who battled to save Amy.
Amy was certiﬁed dead after being taken to Doncaster Royal Inﬁrmary on Friday, September 2.
A funeral service took place today at 1.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Sprotbrough.