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Local team conquers Ben Nevis for charity

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

Dudley MP Ian Austin has completed the climb together with the Mayor’s Consort Councillor Adam Aston, Deputy Mayor Councillor Steve Waltho and Armed Forces Champion Councillor Dave Tyler in honour of Dudley hero Bert Bissell.

The team have now raised over £2,000 in donations, half of which go to Action Heart and Guide dogs with the rest being split between the Children’s Unit at Russells Hall, the local Royal British Legion and Black Country Fast Aid to support local ambulances.

Anyone wishing to add their support to the good causes can do so at www.bertbissellmemorialwalk.co.uk.

Ian Austin said:

“We had a tough climb in awful weather, 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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