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RNLI Aith lifeboat station welcomes charity walker Alex Ellis-Roswell

Lifeboats News Release

Alex Ellis-Roswell hopes to be coming to Shetland on Sunday 23 April, as part of his continuing charity walk around the coast of Britain to raise money for the RNLI.

Alex Ellis-Roswell

Alex Ellis-Roswell at Kirkwall, Orkney

He intends to visit all the RNLI lifeboat stations in the UK, this will see him walking a total of 9,500 miles around the British coastline. He started his walk when he left his home in Kent on 3 August 2014, and has so far raised almost £50,000 for the charity.

He will be walking around Shetland during the following week, so please look out for him, and donate if you can. Alex will also be hoping that people will come forward with offers of food and accommodation, so that he is able to continue with his walk.

The RNLI provides a voluntary 24 hour search and rescue service, and saves around 23 lives per day. It relies on fundraisers such as Alex, to be able to continue to save lives at sea.

Please support Alex, and the RNLI, by donating. You can do this through his facebook page;

or you can donate by visiting

Notes to editors

Photo shows Alex Ellis-Roswell in Kirkwall, Orkney. Credit Alex Ellis-Roswell.

RNLI media contacts: Liz Boxwell, RNLI Aith volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07789 728874,

Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for 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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Key facts about the RNLI

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.

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