Amy was a typical 16 years old girl; spending time on her hair and makeup and painting her nails various colours, but mostly black. She was very concerned about her forthcoming GCSE exams, which she was revising for on the day she died.

On Wednesday 15 May 2002 Amy was feeling unwell. She had been sick and we thought she had a stomach bug. But it became quite obvious that she was very ill. She was given an injection of antibiotics at the doctor’s surgery and then taken to hospital by ambulance at 5 pm. In the ambulance she was laughing and joking. At the hospital she was sedated and put on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. We were told that she was very seriously ill and had a 50/50 chance. Canon Daly was called for to give Amy the last rites. Amy passed away at 10 pm. Her family were with her and we stayed with her until midnight. Amy had died from Meningococcal Septicemia.

At the hospital we were given antibiotics to take for the next 3 days and told that it would cause our body fluids to turn orange. We cried orange tears for the next 3 days.