Tributes have been paid to an Ayrshire community stalwart who brought positive vibes to her town after losing her battle with cancer.
Tricia Young died from secondary breast cancer in the Ayrshire Hospice on Tuesday night, aged 55 – just six months after being told her illness was terminal.
Almost two years on from being given the all clear for breast cancer first diagnosed in 2015, doctors told the mum-of-one that the cancer had spread to her brain after she suffered a fall at home.
The creator of Facebook group Positive Prestwick – which shone a light on the Ayrshire town – was best known for her wicked sense of humour and passion for where she was from, as well as her famous dachshund Peanut.
Her sad death comes after the town rallied around their sausage dog ‘mascot’ to raise £4,500 for him after the pooch was left unable to walk last year.
Tricia, known as the “heart and soul” of Prestwick, started Positive Prestwick in 2016 which saw her promote the many businesses, bars and restaurants and inspirational people of her home town.
A spokesperson for Positive Prestwick said: “Our founder Trish Young; who was the heart and soul of Prestwick, and this community, has passed away after a long and brave battle.
“She left light, life and a wicked sense of humour on everything and everyone she touched.
“She was passionate about everything ‘Prestwick’.
“This was her town; and she made it her mission in life, of late, to let everyone in this wonderful community know just how lucky we are to be a part of it.
“Trish; we are all better people for knowing you.
“Wherever you are; rest In peace, love and light and in your very own words, NAMASTE”
Friend and shop-owner Lynn Arnott, 55, has told how she encouraged Tricia to set up the page after she became frustrated with other groups who were ‘negative’ about her town.
Lynn, who runs womenswear boutique Emporium, told the Ayrshire Post: “Trish was just larger than life; she was one of a kind.
“Positive Prestwick very quickly became her baby, it was all about her and her wicked sense of humour.
“She was Prestwick through and through and she just embraced what she was doing with all her might.
“It gave her a purpose promoting the living daylights out of the town, she never got paid for it but she put her heart and soul into it.”
Prestwick North Community Council added: “Such sad news. Trish was an inspiration with her courage, selflessness, and humour. She was such a great ambassador for Prestwick and will be sadly missed.”