A GROUP braved heavy rain and freezing temperatures to conquer Britain's highest summit, raising more than £2,200 for borough charities in the process.

The team, led by Dudley Mayor Councillor Dave Tyler, former mayor Councillor Steve Waltho and Dudley North MP Ian Austin, travelled to Scotland on Friday for the annual Ben Nevis charity trek in honour of a Bert Bissell, the mountain climber and peace campaigner from Dudley.

To date, their efforts have raised £2,255 for cllr Tyler’s chosen charities - Dudley Mind, the YMCA’S Open Doors project and Dudley Alzheimer’s Society - but there is still time to boost the total via https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/bertbissell.

Cllr Tyler said he was "very pleased" with the amount of cash raised and said the group had worked well together to reach the peace cairn that Mr Bissell built at the summit.

Mr Austin added: “The conditions were horrendous. It was chucking it down and we were soaked and freezing at the summit, but imagine what it must have been like when Bert was climbing without any paths at all and without modern boots and waterproofs!"