India Wilkinson at Tilley’s Printing

Poignant and moving film captures hearts around the world

India Wilkinson film viewed thousands of times

A poignant and moving film created in the final weeks of a 19-year-old’s life has touched the lives of thousands of people both in Herefordshire and across the world.

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.

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.

After expressing herself in print, India was helped by St Michael’s to make a three-minute film, called Inside my head, in which India talks about her illness and movingly explains why we should always be kind.

India died on Monday 11th December, 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 provoked a profound mixture of tears and happiness in the hundreds of people who attended the service, held at the Canwood Gallery in Checkley.

India’s captivating voice has spread to tens of thousands of people she never met who have now watched her powerful and poetic message online.

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

Inside my head can be viewed by clicking here.