Peaceful passing for Amy

Amy and Tom Lynch on their wedding day
Amy and Tom Lynch on their wedding day

A Bridlington woman who achieved her dream wedding thanks to fundraisers has lost her battle with cancer aged just 27.

Amy Lynch nee Jackson, who grew up in Bridlington, passed away at her grandmother’s home in Pocklington with her family around her.

Her only wish before she died was to marry her childhood sweetheart, Tom Lynch, and the couple got married in Bolton on 20 September last year.

Amy’s sister, Hayley Gates, 25, said: “She was a fun, caring, bubbly person who was very loving and family orientated, putting others ahead of herself.

“I am proud to be able to say that Amy is my big sister. She is a huge inspiration to us all.

“I am happy that she fulfilled her dream to becoming Tom’s wife.

“I would also like to thank everyone for their kind words on behalf of Tom and the whole family.”

The couple were only able to have their dream wedding due to the efforts of family and friends who set up an online fundraising page and events.

At a fundraising event at the Half Moon pub in Bridlington, £1,250 was raised to help with the wedding costs. Joined with the online fundraising page, around £2,500 was raised by the people of the Bridlington area.

Amy grew up on Gypsey Road in Bridlington with her family and is a former pupil at Bridlington School.

Amy’s friend Lisa Pattern, who came up with the idea of an online fundraising page, said: “She was such a caring person who was always smiling no matter what happened. She soldiered on through the hard times.

“Just seeing Amy on her wedding day made all the fundraising efforts worthwhile. She looked like the Amy before she became ill and it was great to see her so happy. All she wanted to do was become Mrs Lynch and she achieved that.”

Amy was diagnosed with cancer of the heart on her 26th birthday in January 2014. Since then it spread to her liver, lungs and ovaries while also having tumours in her mouth.

Amy’s nana Carol Jackson said: “Amy was such a bubbly person and she will be a huge loss. She was a fighter and carried on until the end and we are glad she passed peacefully around those who loved her.

“I would also like to thank the staff at the Christie Hospital who were fantastic throughout Amy’s treatment.”

The funeral will take place at the Priory Church in Bridlington on Tuesday 3 March at noon and anyone with Amy close to their hearts are welcome to attend. There will be a collection at the funeral for the Chrisite NHS Foundation Trust, where Amy was treated in Manchester.