Tributes paid to malaria victim aid worker Christi Kelly

  • 25 May 2014
  • From the section Devon
Kenya. Pic: Google
Image caption Christi Kelly died in hospital in Nairobi after taking ill

Further tributes have been paid to a Devon woman who died of malaria while working in Kenya on a volunteer placement.

Christi Kelly, 21, from Ilfracombe, was taken ill last week but died later in hospital, a charity said.

Keith Rickwood, a senior support worker at the Devon Youth Service, said she was "happiest helping other people".

Tributes have also been left to Ms Kelly, also known as Belle to her friends, on her Facebook page.

'Shining star'

The charity Moving Mountains UK said Christi Kelly was taken ill last Tuesday and died the following day at hospital in Nairobi.

The University of Plymouth graduate and youth support worker was on a sabbatical from Devon County Council.

Mr Rickwood said: "I've known Christi for a number of years. Firstly as a young person accessing our provisions, then as a senior member and more recently as a work colleague.

"She was much loved by the young people and staff.

"She was always happiest helping other people and dance was one of her passions. She taught dance for our youth service and also for the Rebecca Varley Dance Academy.

"Christi is a true inspiration to many young people. A shining star that will never die. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends but will never be forgotten."

Malaria kills about 800,000 people a year globally, BBC Health said, with about 90% of all cases in sub-Saharan Africa.

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