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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

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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