British charity teaching volunteer dies on organised trek in India

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A British charity volunteer has died during a trek in India.

Niamh Campbell, understood to be from Clackmannanshire in central Scotland, had been working with the Project Trust teaching English, maths and science at a school in Bangalore since last August.

The charity said the 19-year-old fell ill during an organised trek near Manali in the north of the country.

She was taken to hospital but later died.

The walk was being led by “an experienced guide from a reputable company which specialises in trekking in the region”, the Project Trust said.

Senior representatives from the charity have travelled to India to provide support to Ms Campbell’s family and other volunteers.

Project Trust chief executive Ingrid Emerson said: “Niamh was a lovely girl and an impressive and committed teacher, always hard-working and considerate of others.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with her family and fellow volunteers, and our priority now is to provide them with whatever support we can.”

Based on the Isle of Coll, the Project Trust organises overseas volunteering placements for school-leavers.

Around 300 people from across the UK are selected each year for 12-month teaching and social care projects in Africa, Asia and South America.

Tributes have been paid to Ms Campbell on social media. Reegan Thomson wrote: “Thoughts are with the Campbell family, RIP Niamh.”

Scotland’s International Development Minister Humza Yousaf tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear of death of Scottish aid worker Niamh Campbell.”