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Stafford walker's trek gives Liberian community a lift

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

THE WHEEL DEAL...Graham Russell sees the truck he helped to buy in action in Liberia

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INTREPID Stafford walker Graham Russell has visited Africa to see the fruits of his efforts after completing a marathon walk to work.

Mr Russell, aged 50, walked 26 miles from his home in Bideford Avenue, Baswich, to his office in Birmingham to raise money for a poor community in Liberia.

Together with colleagues from the Better Regulation Delivery Office and friends from Wildwood Church, who did walks of their own, he reached the £5,500 fund-raising target to buy a pick-up truck for the Liberian church community they are supporting.

And Mr Russell has just returned from a trip to Liberia to hand over the money.

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As a result, Bishop William Barnard, of the Liberian church, has bought a pick-up truck to serve his local community in and around Monrovia.

"Working together, with lots of people, we have been able to do something special for a small community in one of the world's poorest countries," Mr Russell said.

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