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Stafford man walks 26 miles to work

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

WALK THIS WAY . . . Graham Russell

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FANCY a brisk walk to work?

Graham Russell, from Baswich, Stafford, will be doing that this morning.

But his work journey will be more than a stroll into town. Mr Russell, aged 50, works in central Birmingham and will be walking the length of a marathon, around 26 miles.

The aim is to raise £5,500 to buy a pick-up truck for a poor community in Liberia.

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“Normally I get the train from Penkridge with dozens of other commuters. On Friday I will leave the car at the station and set off to walk to Birmingham,” Mr Russell explained. And that’s not all - he has also roped in colleagues at the Better Regulation Delivery Unit where he works, and also in its parent Whitehall department, BIS, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

“In total 27 of the people that I work with, in Birmingham, Sheffield, London and even in Dubai will be walking, cycling or running,” he added. “We have all seen the opportunity to do something that makes a difference.”

Liberia, on the coast of West Africa is the fourth poorest country in the world, according to the World Bank.

Mr Russell is a member of Wildwood Church, which has supported a local church leader, William Barnard, in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, for more than 25 years.

After visiting Mr Barnard and his family in Liberia last year, Mr Russell and his wife Jane realised that the thing that would make the biggest difference would be some form of vehicle to transport people in a country with no public transport and very few paved roads.

Mrs Russell said: “Amazingly we have now raised £3,200 and we are hoping Graham's Walk to Work will raise the rest."

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