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Memorial walk raises £8,000 for Mayor's charities

Dudley MP Ian Austin and fellow fundraisers will be handing over £8,000 to the Dudley Mayor’s Charities, which include Diabetes UK, Friends of Alfie Johnson and Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living.

The money has been raised through the Bert Bissell Memorial Walk which took place in August. Austin assembled the biggest team yet for this year’s climb, with over 20 people taking part.

The climbers included Dudley Mayor Councillor Mohammed Hanif, Deputy Mayor Councillor Dave Tyler, local councillors Keiran Casey, Cathryn Bayton and Steve Waltho, Bert’s lifelong friend Astley Blake who now runs the Bible Class he established, representatives from the Consulate of Pakistan in Birmingham and a number of local charity campaigners including Damian Corfield, Ben Corfield, Shaz Saleem and Steve Rayner.

The group will be presenting the cheque in the Mayor’s Parlour in Dudley Council House at 1:30pm on Friday 21st October.

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.

Mayor Mohammed Hanif Said:

“I am really grateful for everyone who took part in the walk – it wasn’t easy and the team did brilliantly.

“This is a great amount of money which will go really far in helping local people in Dudley”

Ian Austin said:

“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to support these great Charites who do brilliant work for people 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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