India Wilkinson, from Pixley near Ledbury in the UK, had her heart set on taking up an offer to study Chemistry at St Andrew’s University before being diagnosed with a brain tumour in January 2016.
Surgery to remove the cancer then impaired India’s ability to read, write, walk and talk.
Despite this, India showed true courage and determination to live every moment. She raised thousands of pounds for Brain Research UK following a skydive and travelled the world with mum Zinnia, dad Kester, and sister Liberty.
‘India’s dignity and her ability to come to terms with a terminal illness gave the whole family strength to cope,’ said Zinnia.
‘India was devastated that she couldn’t take up her place at St Andrew’s University. She soon found new avenues to channel her hard work and dedication in the form of her rehabilitation and through her part-time job at the Victorian printing press, Tilley’s Printing in Ledbury, where she created greetings cards with Ledbury Letterpress.’
India was admitted to St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree in October 2017, and began selling her hand-printed cards to raise money for the Hospice.