Amber Sheehy: Family’s heartbreak as daughter dies of cancer an hour before ninth birthday

Tributes have been paid to a young girl who died from cancer one hour before her ninth birthday.

Amber Sheehy from Norwich was diagnosed with terminal cancer in April.

Her family said on social media that she died late on Saturday evening “with dignity after fighting a battle she couldn’t win”.

Amber, who played for Horsford FC’s under-nine girls’ team, was Norwich’s City Football Club’s fan of the season last season.

Her family said she died at 23:00 GMT.

Amber’s mum Amanda Sheehy said on Twitter: “My heart has broken.

“Life changed forever, but I promise I will make a difference to other families going through a terminal cancer diagnosis of a child.”
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Amber Sheehy

Norwich City also tweeted out a tribute saying the whole club was deeply saddened and their thoughts were with her family

Amber was named the club’s fan of the year last year.

Amber had been diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of five in April 2019 after she started having headaches and being sick in the mornings.

She appeared to have successfully completed her treatment in 2021 and was able to ring a bell signifying her cancer had gone.

But it returned in April 2022 and Amber had spent the past four months in The Nook hospice being cared for.

Her football team, Horsford Under 9s plan to celebrate her life at next weekend’s matches.

They praised Amber’s “most courageous battle”.