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Local group raises £800 for British Legion

Dudley MP Ian Austin is joining a local group in handing a cheque for £800 to the local Royal British Legion.

The money is part of a £4,600 grand total raised by the Bert Bissell Memorial Walk which saw Dudley MP Ian Austin climb Ben Nevis together with the Mayor’s Consort Councillor Adam Aston, Deputy Mayor Councillor Steve Waltho, Armed Forces Champion Councillor Dave Tyler and local businessman Shaz Saleem in honour of Dudley hero Bert Bissell.

The group will be presenting the cheque to Gordon Willetts from the Dudley Branch of the Royal British Legion and Cllr Ken Finch from the Gornal branch.

Bert Bissell (1902-1998) founded the Young Men's Bible Class at Vicar Street in Dudley. He lived at Selborne Road. He was a probation officer and climbed Ben Nevis on VJ Day in 1945 and many times afterwards, constructing a Peace Cairn at its summit. There is a monument to Bert at Coronation Gardens opposite the Council House.
Half of the money will now go to the Mayor’s charities Action Heart and Guide dogs with the rest being split between the Children’s Unit at Russells Hall and Black Country Fast Aid to support local ambulances.

The group will be presenting the cheque at 12:30 on Friday 31 October at the Bert Bissell Memorial Stone in Coronation Gardens, Dudley Town Centre.
Ian Austin said:
"I’m really pleased we’ve been able to support the brilliant work of the Royal British Legion in Dudley.

"We’ve been overwhelmed by local people’s generosity, it goes to show the enduring legacy of Bert’s work in the community.

"He was a great friend of my family and I remember him well. He was a legendary figure and an inspiration to so many of us."

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