Natalie is a great advert for free charity trip of a lifetime

A LINLITHGOW woman is urging young people to take up one of the last opportunities of a free trip of a lifetime to help under- privileged countries.

Natalie Gemmill, 22, was in India from August to October last year with global volunteering scheme Platform2.

Now, with only three more trips currently planned, she is urging other young people to take up the opportunity to change lives – including their own.

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The scheme caters for people aged 18-25 and is funded by the government, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and Bunac. Travellers can go to Africa, Asia or South America.

The former Low Port Primary and Linlithgow Academy pupil said: "It was fantastic, amazing and an awesome experience.

"It's the best way to start your travels and see a new part of the world – it really opened my eyes to India."

She added: "I would tell people to go for it and apply now. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain."