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Alex Ellis-Roswell visits Tobermory Lifeboat Station, during his epic 9000 mile

Lifeboats News Release

Today Alex visited Tobermory lifeboat stations fundraising team, before joining the volunteer crew on exercise in the Sound of Mull.

Fundraisers and crew of Tobermory station with Alex.

RNLI/Michael (Mick) Stirling

Alex has undertaken an epic test of endurance, choosing to walk 9000 miles around the coast of the Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Raising money in aid of the RNLI.

Starting the walk at Margate in Kent on 03 Aug 2014, since then he has covered 5000 miles, visited around 150 lifeboat stations, 18 Islands and worked his way through seven pairs of boots. With 4000 miles, still to go Alex expects to complete his epic walk in the summer of 2018.

Despite enduring one of the wettest winters on record in 2015, Alex remains extremely positive about the remaining 4000 miles. During the few days on Mull Alex has raised £852-25 so far, with the Tobermory to Craignure leg still to go.

To follow Alex on his amazing adventure go to, and if you wish to contribute to his fundraising effort please go to

RNLI media contacts:

Michael Stirling, Tobermory Lifeboat Press Officer on 07921 515686, or

Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Alex on board Tobermory Lifeboat with DLA, Dr Sam Jones

RNLI/Michael (Mick) Stirling

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland