A foster mother today paid tribute to her daughter who faced her severe special needs with humour and grace.
Sherwyn Camy, a former Red Marsh Special School pupil, died aged just 19, after contracting pneumonia.
The teenager faced a daily battle after being born with severe cerebral palsy and needing numerous operations as a child.
But a move to the Fylde coast as a six-year-old, to live with foster mother Jane Dale, undoubtedly made its mark on her short life.
Ms Dale, 53, from Thornton, said: “She struggled all her life but she was always smiling and happy.
“She communicated with her beautiful eyes and noises.
“She loved walks in the park, always loved music and loved animals, she adopted a giraffe at Blackpool Zoo last year.
“Everyone who met her loved her. It’s been beautiful having her.”
Red Marsh Special School headteacher Catherine Dellow added: “Sherwyn was a delightful member of our school.”
Sherwyn leaves behind brothers Daniel, 32, and Ryan, 31, and five nieces and nephews who she doted on.
Ryan said: “She made you feel so humble. She never moaned, not without good reason.”
Ms Dale was dealt devastating news on a number of occasions when Sherwyn was hospitalised for operations as a youngster. Doctors told her to prepare for the worst should the teen not pull through. But she defied doctor’s predictions.
Her mother added: “She’s been through so much, been on a lot of medication but she’s a real fighter.”
The mother gave up her job as an auxiliary nurse at Brian House children’s hospice in the after deciding she wanted to concentrate her efforts on fostering children.
Mrs Dale, whose own mother was a foster carer, added: “I wanted to give one-to-one to someone special. Sherwyn and I just bonded straight away.
“She stayed with me after turning 18 because she was my daughter.
“Everyone says it’s made a difference to her but I have found it so rewarding having her in my life.”
The teen was confined to a wheelchair bed for the last eight years as her disability worsened, meaning she spent time at Brian House children’s hospice for respite care.
Now the family is asking for donations to be made to the palliative care unit, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, in Sherwyn’s memory.
Sherwyn, who died on March 26, was remembered at a service at Thornton Methodist Church, on Victoria Road East, at 1.30pm today.