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From Riches to Rags: The Life of a Black Country Entrepreneur and Charity Fundraiser


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Geoff Hill's autobiography describes his rise from the back streets of Brierley Hill during the 1930s to the running of a successful Black Country business, and then back to rags again-or the rag trade-when he founded a chain of successful charity shops. Born in 1927 in Brierley Hill, Geoff obtained a scholarship to King Edward VI school in Stourbridge, but left at the age of 15 in order to contribute to the family income. His passion for cycling led him to take a job in a bicycle shop, and to semi-professional cycling: at the age of 17 he became the British Junior Cycling Champion. In 1945 Geoff was called up for national service as a 'Bevin Boy'. At the age of 19 permanent damage to his back down the pit bought a premature end to his cycling career. Geoff spent the late 1940s and 50s in a variety of jobs - including selling the encyclopedia Britannica and typewriters, running a pub and even selling garden gnomes. In 1960 he finally settled down with the opening of Geoff Hill Electrical, and ten years ago set up the Geoff Hill charitable Trust, which has now helped over 600 Black Country organisations.

152 black and white pages. Published by Sutton Publishing. 

244mm x 173mm.

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