Posted on 20 Jan 2017
HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to an “inspirational and determined” young woman from York. Amy Metcalfe, 25, died of pneumonia in Dewsbury Hospital on Monday.
Amy, who was born with the genetic disorder Pfeiffer syndrome, was given just hours to live at birth and underwent more than 50 operations during the first ten years of her life. She was well-known by many readers of The Press, who raised money to support her through her disabilities as a child.
Amy’s dad, Martin Metcalfe, a police officer in York, said: “Amy was an inspiration to all of us. Despite the enormous challenges she faced, she was always smiling and happy. Her positivity in the face of adversity rubbed off on everyone who knew her.
“We were incredibly proud of Amy and the courage that she showed no matter what life threw at her. We will miss her terribly and she’s left a huge hole in our lives – but she will continue to inspire us all.”
Amy lived life to the full and loved musicals, Disney films and going to see live bands. Growing up in York, she attended Applefields and Lidgett Grove schools and was a regular visitor to Martin House Children’s Hospice. As an adult, she lived at Hollybank near Huddersfield.
Amy’s funeral will be a “colourful celebration of her life” and will be held at York Crematorium on Monday 30th Jan at 1020hrs. Bright ties for men, bright colours for ladies. No flowers on the day as a collection will be made for The Poplars Hollybank Trust where Amy spent her final days.
Her family now plans to raise funds for Hollybank Poplars and Martin House in Amy’s memory.
Anyone wishing to donate can visit www.justgiving.com/teams/amymetcalfe
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