AN 18-YEAR-OLD from Winterbourne Earls who died after years of battling with cystic fibrosis has been celebrated for being a "beautiful, brave and inspirational young lady".

Jess Paddock died yesterday (January 3).

In a post on her Facebook page she said: "If you’re reading this I have died, yeah for real this time.

"I never wanted a funeral so if my parents have listened to my many instructions my body will be being cremated privately with no ceremony, and once the ashes are returned I shall be having a small gathering in my garden where my ashes will be filled into a dome and a mighty Oak tree shall be planted.

"I want the gathering to be like the tea party at the end of The Great British Bake Off’ we shall call it “The Great Jessica Wake Off” so baked goods are welcome."

Her mum Cheryl posted: "Until we meet again breathe easy x x x."

Jess underwent a double lung transplant in October 2014 at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which transformed her life.

Tributes on Facebook have celebrated her "huge personality"and "strong will and determination" and said she was an "awesome role model". One comment said she was a "beautiful, brave and inspirational young lady".

Jess' transplant journey featured in BBC Two’s Great Ormond Street the following year. She was followed by the camera crew as she faced an anxious wait for a donor organ to become available.

The teenager was an advocate for organ donation and was an ambassador for Live Life, Give Life.

And the former Trafalgar School pupil was voted as the Young Person of the Year at the Local Hero Awards in 2014.

Jess' sister Abigail, who also battled with cystic fibrosis, died in December 2016.

A Just Giving page is being set up in her memory with money raised for children's charity Dreamflight, who take children with a serious illness or disability on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.

Jess and her sister Abi went to Disney in 2011 with the charity and Jess wanted to give children the same experience she had.

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