TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'bright and bubbly' daughter who died aged 25 ­— after suffering with a rare form of brain cancer.

Rachel Scowcroft died on Friday, October 2 at her home, only 10 months after she was diagnosed with a having an "incredibly rare" brain stem tumour.

She was treated at the Salford Royal Hospital and The Christie Centre in Manchester, before spending her last weeks at home with her family.

Rachel was academically brilliant, she achieved nine A*s and two As in her GCSEs and straight As in her A levels, all at Canon Slade School, before graduating at Lancaster University with a first class honours degree in linguistics.

Her success at university led to her being offered one of two prestigious places at the institution in which she completed placements before taking on the role of communications coordinator.

She was set to marry her childhood sweetheart Adam Wilson in March, but her ill health led to the wedding being cancelled.

Her dad Dave, 53, said: "Rachel was really, really popular.

"She had lots of university friends and there have so many lovely tributes for her.

"Some of them have been heartbreaking to read. It shows how popular she was.

"It's been absolutely horrendous to see my daughter with the illness.

"Rachel was so incredible, she was vibrant and bubbly, she would light up a room when she walked in.

"She got nine A*s and two As in her GCSEs, straight As in her A levels and a first class honours degree.

"It is so cruel that it's all been taken away from her at such a young age."

Due to the position of the tumour it was not possible for doctors to operate on Rachel and remove it.

Her ill health led to her suffering a large seizure, which left her spending 10 days in intensive care.

After months in hospital and no signs of the tumour going following treatment, Rachel moved back home.

In her last weeks staff from terminal illnesses care charity Marie Curie spent nights at the family home to provide vital support to Rachel, who was unable to carry out normal bodily functions on her own.

The cancer charity CLIC Sargent also helped the family during such a difficult time.

Dave said: "Marie Curie night sitters stayed over four to five times a week and even seven nights in the later weeks.

"CLIC Sargent have been amazing too, they have given lots of practical support.

"Nickie from the charity has been amazing."

For her birthday this year in April, kind-hearted Rachel invited her friends and family to donate money to the The Brain Tumour Charity and managed to raise around £1,500.

And Rachel's family have followed the kind-hearted example she set during her life by launching crowdfunding pages for the Marie Curie charity and CLIC Sargent in her memory, which have raised a combined total of more than £2,000 so far.

Rachel became paralysed on the left side of her body, but despite this, she still managed to find time from her hospital bed to keep writing about her life on her WordPress blog, "Boris the brain tumour", named with a touch of political satire.

Her older sister Jade, 28, completed her blog following her death with an emotional final entry, "The Last Post".

Rachel got engaged to Adam, who she was with together with since the age of 16, on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and one of her wishes was for some of her ashes to be mixed with glitter and scattered on the island.

As well as Adam, Dave, and Jade, 28, Rachel leaves behind her mum Gill, 57.

Dave added: "Everything about Rachel was absolutely delightful."

To donate to the crowdfunding page in support of Marie Curie click here. Alternatively, click here to donate to the crowdfunding page in aid of CLIC Sargent.