TRIBUTES continue to pour in for an “inspirational young lady” who left a “remarkable legacy.”

Wallasey-born Amy Garton-Hughes died on New Year’s Day, aged 28.

She had Cockayne Syndrome, a rare disorder which causes premature ageing, and was the inspiration behind the group Amy and Friends Cockayne Syndrome and Trichothiodystrophy Support.

A Globe-backed campaign - the  Help Amy Appeal - raised more than £30,000 for Amy and other CS sufferers in 2007.

A message from Amy herself was shared by her mum Jayne on Facebook, announcing her death.

It read: "My name is Amy - I am 28 and today on 1st January 2020 at 12.15 I became an angel..."

Tributes to Amy have flooded in.

The Steve Morgan Foundation, a grant giving trust fund supporting small charities and voluntary organisations working with those suffering disability, disadvantage and social isolation, described her as: “A courageous and feisty young woman who, along with her wonderful family, have shone the light on Cockayne Syndrome, providing love and support world wide.”

Readers took to the Globe’s Facebook page to pay tribute to Amy.

Winnie Tang shared: “Amy you were one of the most loveliest, happy girl I know, it was a pleasure to know you.

“RIP beautiful, heaven has gained another Angel.”

Irene Hodgkinson posted: “So very sad sleep tight young lady with the angels.”

Claire Carter shared: “This girl melted my heart the first time I met her, such a gawjus young lady who did nothing but shine. RIP sweetie.”

Natasha Louise Jenkins added: “So sad, but what an inspiration, sleep tight.”

Cathy Jones posted: “Such an inspirational young lady. R.I.P Sweetheart.”

Valerie Jones said: “Condolences to your family and fly high Sweet Angel.”

Amy and Friends Cockayne Syndrome and Trichothiodystrophy Support posted a moving message from Amy on New Year’s Day.

In it she said: “I have taken my final earthly breath and now I am free to fly to my many friends who are waiting for me. Imagine the joy I am experiencing.

“To those of you that I leave behind, I know you’ll cry for me - I want you to cry for a little bit and then I want you to stop and live your lives. Make sure you live them well.

“Do as I once could - dance, light up the room, sing as loud as you can. Who cares if you’re not in tune!

“Take joy from the smallest of things and most of all love with all of your heart.

“Know that I am keeping you in my heart and we will meet again one day.”