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Memorial walk raises £2,300 for Mayor's charities

Dudley MP Ian Austin and Councillor Adam Aston will be handing over £2,300 to the Dudley Mayor’s charities Action Heart and Guide Dogs.

The money is part of the £4,600 raised by the Bert Bissell Memorial Walk which saw Austin join Cllr Adam Aston and a group of local people climb Britain’s highest peak in memory of Dudley hero Bert Bissell.

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 raised by the walk has gone towards the Mayor’s charities Action Heart and Guide dogs with the rest being split between the British Legion, the Children’s Unit at Russells Hall and Black Country Fast Aid to support local ambulances.

Both of the Mayor’s charities are active in the Dudley area with Guide Dogs working to help blind and partially sighted people stay mobile and Action Heart offers exercise and lifestyle support for local people recovering from heart conditions.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to support the brilliant work of Guide Dogs and Action Heart in Dudley.

“Local people have been so generous. Bert Bissell was a great friend of my family and the generosity local people have shown in his memory is a great tribute to the wonderful work he did in the area.”

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