Nepal plane crash: UK dead remembered

Angie Gaunt, wife of Timothy Oakes who died in the crash: "He was a great believer in living your life to the full"

Seven Britons were among 19 people who died when a light aircraft crashed soon after take-off from Kathmandu in Nepal.

The group had been on their way to start a trekking holiday in the Himalayan mountains, and were heading to the area of Mount Everest.

Their families and friends have paid tribute to the men.

Vincent and Darren Kelly

Vincent Kelly, 50 and his brother Darren Kelly, 45, were from the Lostock area of Bolton.

Darren, a semi-retired businessman and property developer, was living in Isle of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway, while Vincent remained in Lostock.

Darren reportedly owned a number of flats in the Scottish village, and was a board member of regeneration project Isle Futures, which aimed to improve the economic, social and environmental life of the area.

Kenny Barr, a friend and neighbour of Darren, said he was "quiet, unassuming, integrated well with the village but never pushed himself forward".

"If you asked him for help or to assist with a project, he was enthusiastic and gave it his 100%."

Vincent Kelly Vincent Kelly was a prolific fundraiser for the Bolton Lads & Girls Club

Another neighbour who asked not to be identified said Mr Kelly had "done a lot for this area."

Darren was married and had children, although the number of which have not yet been confirmed.

Vincent Kelly, like his brother, was a businessman.

He was an active supporter of the Bolton Lads & Girls Club, having been a Club member in his youth.

The club issued a statement saying "His experience of the club as a youngster and his enthusiasm for championing young people led him and his family to become passionate fundraisers".

In 2011, Vincent cycled 874 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise money to replace the club's astroturf pitch.

The club added: "His generosity meant that more than 400 young people per week are now able to continue to play all weather sports."

Mark Brocklehurst, a friend of Vincent for over 25 years, told the BBC he was "devastated" by the news.

"It is a terrible tragedy that has seen us lose a wonderful powerhouse of a man, leaving us numb.

"There aren't enough words to describe just how wonderful Vincent was - a dedicated family man with a generous heart of gold who was a perfect role model for all."

Timothy Oakes

Timothy Oakes lived in the Cheshire village of Winwick near Warrington and worked for Lancashire County Council's education department as a secondary schools advisor.

His wife Angie Gaunt told the BBC her husband was an experienced mountaineer who "was a great believer in living your life to the full.

"He climbed a number of mountains, he trained well and he looked after himself so that he could achieve all his dreams - and going to the Himalayas and Everest base camp was one of those dreams.

"He was a proud man and he was very proud of Joanna, his daughter, who graduated this year," Ms Gaunt added.

Tim Oakes Tim Oakes was an experience climber who worked in the education department at Lancashire County Council

Joanna said her father "never did things by half" and added that he died "doing what he wanted to do."

Ms Gaunt said her husband was on the trip with an "old school friend".

Both Mr Oakes and another victim, Stephen Holding, were members of the Bremex Mountaineering and Climbing Club.

Mr Oakes had worked for the advisory service at the education department Of Lancashire County Council since 2008.

Paul Dyson-Knight, a team leader in the department, said Mr Oakes was "a highly respected colleague who had a successful career in education".

He added: "He... has made a tremendous contribution to supporting secondary schools across Lancashire, always dedicated to helping schools to make a positive difference for their students.

"His skills in assisting school leaders to build on their strengths were widely recognised by a great many head teachers and senior staff, and he will be very sadly missed by us all. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."

Ben Ogden

Ben Ogden Ben Ogden's co-workers said he was a popular member of the team

Oxford University graduate Ben Ogden recently qualified as an associate at international law firm Allen & Overy, based in London.

The 27-year old is reported to have lived in the city with his girlfriend.

In a statement, his employers said they were "deeply shocked and saddened" by the news of Mr Ogden's death, saying he would be "deeply missed".

"As well as being an excellent lawyer, Ben was a very popular member of the firm.

"Ben had recently qualified and it was clear to everyone that he had an incredibly promising career ahead of him."

Raymond Eagle

Raymond Eagle had worked for Cheshire East Council for 11 years as a support worker for disabled people.

The 58-year old from Macclesfield reportedly lived alone.

His neighbours described him as a "go getter type" and a keen runner and keep fit enthusiast.

Mount Everest The Britons were part of a trekking group heading to the base camp of Mount Everest in the Himalayas

Neighbour Christopher West said Mr Eagle was "a nice, friendly guy" who didn't mix with many of his other neighbours and had not told him he was heading to Nepal.

Mr West added: "He liked his sport, his running, and holidays. He's there one minute and the next minute he's off."

Fellow-neighbour Pauline Girdwood, said she was not surprised to learn Mr Eagle had travelled to Nepal.

She said: "This was the sort of thing he did. He did go trekking, he was a fell runner and very, very active in outdoor activities.

"He was a go-getter so in a way I'm not surprised that that is where he was. But what happened is terribly sad."

Stephen Holding

The 60-year old of Barlaston in Staffordshire was a member of the Bremex Mountaineering and Climbing Club, along with Timothy Oakes.

In a statement posted on its website, the club said members were "deeply saddened" by the loss of two of their members.

Club member Matt Morton paid his own tribute to Mr Holding, describing him as a man "who always had time for others".

"I would just say he was a gentle giant of a man.

"He was tall, quietly spoken and just a genuinely nice chap - he was always interested in what other people were doing and always happy to have chat," Mr Morton added.

In a statement released by Staffordshire Police, Stephen's wife Maggie Holding said: "Steve always loved being in the mountains.

"He had done a lot of work with Peak Pursuits taking youngsters on Duke of Edinburgh activities."

Christopher Davey

Christopher Davey, who was 51, was an electronics engineer from Moulton in Northampton. A experienced trekker, he was making his second trip to the Everest base camp.

Chris Davey Chris Davey was an active member of the Rotary Club

Andy Pickering, a former colleague of 27 years, said: "Chris didn't have a family or kids. He spent most of his time outside work working for charities - perhaps his one indulgence was going on these treks around the world."

"When we found out all the crazy places he was going, we often used to joke about making sure he came back safe and well because he was such a desperately vital part of our team."

Fellow Rotary Club member Peter Glennon spoke of Mr Davey's dedication to a children's technology tournament which he ran.

He said: "There would be a lot of young people who would recognise him because he was the guy running around in the yellow tabard making sure that all the young people had a good time.

"I'm sure there are a lot of young kids in the county who will know him, and who will miss him."

Another former colleague, David Brown, said: "Chris never made much of all he did with Rotary, and all the people they helped in turn. I suppose that sums him up, quietly generous with his time and not seeking the limelight."

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