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Blind runner Dave Heeley in Sandwell honorary freeman ceremony

Dave Heeley
Image caption Dave Heeley ran 10 marathons in 10 days last year in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

A blind marathon runner from the Black Country, who has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, has become an honorary freeman.

Dave Heeley, 54, from West Bromwich, who is known as Blind Dave, became Sandwell's 11th honorary freeman.

In 2008 he became the first blind person to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

The ceremony took place in the council chamber at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, at noon.

'A great privilege'

Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper said: "I am sure he will be a great ambassador for the borough.

"Over the years he has done so much for so many others with his charity runs."

Mr Heeley said: "I was initially speechless. I regard it as a great privilege and honour."

In 2011 he ran 10 marathons in 10 days, travelling from John O'Groats to Land's End in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. He also cycled between each stage.

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