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Donations flood in from around the world for Ben Nevis climb

Donations have flooded in with less than a week to go for a local group climbing 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 ex-students of Bissell’s bible class now living in the US.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin, Bert’s lifelong friend Astley Blake who now runs the Bible Class he established, Dudley Mayor Steve Waltho, local councillors Dave Tyler and Keiran Casey will be among the team making the gruelling trek on August 4th in memory of Bert Bissell’s work as a mountaineer, peace campaigner and fundraiser.

All funds raised will go to the Mayor of Dudley’s charities which are the Hope Centre in Halesowen, The What Centre in Stourbridge, More Mascots Please in Brierley Hill which supports disabled children and their families, the Georgina Unit at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, and the West Midlands branch of Lupus UK which is based in Coseley.

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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