Alex Ellis-Roswell’s round Britain and Ireland trek visits Tighnabruaich
This last weekend saw Alex Ellis-Roswell reach Tighnabruaich on day 800 of his mammoth walk to visit all lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland.
Having set off from Kent he is walking clockwise around the country. He has already covered the south and west coasts of England and Wales, and has circumnavigated Ireland. In Scotland he has visited all the west coast stations from Kippford in the borders up the Firth of Clyde to his present location here in Tighnabruaich.
To visit all 238 RNLI stations will see him walk 9,500 miles around the UK coastline whilst fundraising for the RNLI.
He has already raised over £25000 and was able to pay the Tighnabruaich RNLI Treasurer £120 for his last leg of the walk.
Alex said: 'I’m not one for breaking records or being the fastest or anything like that, but I have met some wonderful people and amazing volunteer crews along the way, and I love the ‘craic’ at each place I visit.'
Alex first started his journey on 3 August 2014 with an aim to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI, on what he anticipates will be a four-year project. With some estimated 20 million footsteps, the walk will see him pass through 64 counties and 8 national parks, visiting every lifeboat station along the way. Alex said whilst looking at station locations with the crew that 'covering the coastline and islands of Scotland during the winter will be one of the toughest things I have ever done.'
The 23-year old from Margate in Kent wears out a pair of walking boots every 800 miles and has clocked up 5000 miles around the coastline so far. He takes the opportunity in the places he visits to talk to school children and other young people groups such as the Scouts or Duke of Edinburgh Scheme candidates.
After the passing of his father, Sir Raymond Ellis, at Christmas in 2013, Alex decided to walk the entire coast of Great Britain. He sold his business, gave up his flat and somewhat comfortable lifestyle, and set off on the journey of a lifetime. Before ill health, his father had spent much of his life dedicated to charity work and fundraising, which spurred Alex on to set himself a goal of raising £10,000 for the RNLI.
Throughout his journey, Alex has been fortunate enough to experience generous hospitality and help from a number of RNLI supporters and crews, many providing him with food, drinks and sometimes a bed for the night, to which he is as grateful to them as the RNLI is to him. Without people like Alex and the thousands of supporters and fundraisers up and down the country, the RNLI could not do what it does; save lives at sea.
The RNLI operates 236 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland and relies entirely on volunteers and donations to save an average of 23 lives per day. Its volunteers often get called heroes, however the real heroes are the people like Alex and the many other donors and fundraisers who continue to go to extremes to allow the volunteer crew members go out to sea in all weathers, to save lives.
Alex with one of the station fund raising volunteers Aileen Willoughby
If you see Alex on your travels, with his recognisable yellow jacket, bulging backpack, umbrella, and RNLI collection tin, please give him your support, encouragement and a donation.
You can follow Alex’s journey around the UK by visiting his facebook page www.facebook.com/alexellisroswell or donate by visiting www.bt.com/donatetolifeboats
RNLI media contacts:
Donald Clark, Tighnabruaich RNLI Station Press Officer, 07799661493, firstname.lastname@example.org Tighnabruaich@rnli.org
Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,
Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, email@example.com
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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