A 19-YEAR-old who was diagnosed with a brain tumour created an inspiring video in the weeks before she died to encourage people to always be kind.

India Wilkinson, from Pixley near Ledbury, 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.

However, determined to live every moment she went on to express herself in print through her part-time job at Tilley's Printing, which is shown in a video made by India called Inside My Head.

She also raised thousands of pounds for Brain Research UK following a skydive and travelled the world with mum Zinnia, dad Kester, and sister Liberty.

Zinnia said: "India's dignity and her ability to come to terms with a terminal illness gave the whole family strength to cope.

"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 last year and began selling her hand-printed cards to raise money for the hospice.

She was helped by St Michael's to make the three-minute film in which she talks about her illness and movingly explains why we should always be kind.

India died on Monday, December 11, and the film was shown at her memorial service which she meticulously planned during her stay at the hospice.

India's words and her inspired use of a Doctor Who quote, "We are all stories in the end - just make it a good one", provoked a mixture of tears and happiness in the hundreds of people who attended the service, held at the Canwood Gallery in Checkley.

At the end of India's video she says: "Always be kind because we never know what's inside someone's head."

A new sculpture will be commissioned in India's memory and placed permanently on display at the Canwood Gallery.