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Donations flood in from around the world for Ben Nevis challenge

Donations have flooded in for the Bert Bissell Memorial Walk supporting local charities.

Donations have flooded in for a local group planning to climb Ben Nevis in support of local charities in honour of Dudley hero Bert Bissell.

In addition to donations from many local residents, donations have also come from relatives of Bissell now living in Australia and MPs who are keen to restore links between Dudley and Fort William near Ben Nevis that Bissell originally helped establish.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin, the Mayor’s Consort Councillor Adam Aston, the Deputy Mayor Councillor Steve Waltho and Armed Forces Champion Councillor Dave Tyler will be making the gruelling trek on August 6th in memory of Bert Bissell’s work as a mountaineer, peace campaigner and fundraiser.

All funds raised will go to good causes in Dudley. Half the funds will go to the Mayor’s charities, Action Heart and Guide Dogs. The remainder will be shared between charities nominated by each of the participants: the Children’s Unit at Russells Hall, the local Royal British Legion, and Black Country Fast Aid to support local ambulances.

Anyone who would like to support the good causes can do so at www.bertbissellmemorialwalk.co.uk.

Ian Austin said:

“It’s great to see that we have already had so much support from people all over the world.

“Anyone who grew up in Dudley as I did will remember Bert with great affection and huge respect, and this just goes to show his enduring legacy.

“I’ve often thought we ought to do something in his memory and climbing the mountain he conquered so many times to raise money for local charities seems a fitting tribute.”

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