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Local team conquers Ben Nevis a second time for charity

Local climbers have conquered Ben Nevis for charity planting at Black Country flag and the Union Jack at its summit.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has completed the climb together in honour of Dudley hero Bert Bissell with a team including Bert’s lifelong friend Astley Blake who now runs the Bible Class he established, Dudley Mayor Steve Waltho and his wife Jayne Waltho, Deputy Mayor Mohammed Hanif local councillors Dave Tyler and Keiran Casey, local businessmen Damian Corfield and Shaz Saleem, and local fundraisers Sarah Alliband and Stephen Rayner.

The team have now raised over £3,000 in donations that 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 wishing to add their support to the good causes can do so at www.bertbissellmemorialwalk.co.uk.

Ian Austin said:

“The climb was just as tough this year and the weather was just as bad, but it was all worth it when we saw Bert’s memorial at the summit and planted the Black Country flag.

“It’s inspiring to think that Bert made the climb 107 times up until the age of 91, and the support we’ve received goes to show his enduring legacy.

“I’m really grateful to everyone who has made a donation, I know this will make a big difference to local charities.”

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