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A thank you to Alex from Margate RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew have treated Alex Ellis-Roswell to a trip on the town's all-weather lifeboat as a small token of thanks following his marathon walk around the UK and Ireland in aid of the RNLI.

Alex (centre) with the lifeboat crew

RNLI Margate

Alex (centre) with the lifeboat crew

Alex, who lives in Birchington, recently came to the end of a 9,500-mile, three- year long walk around the coast of the UK and Ireland where he visited every one of the RNLI’s 238 lifeboat stations.

On a cold and blustery Sunday morning recently, the crew invited Alex along to join them in one of their regular training exercises. He was able to see the crew at work carrying out drills and learn first-hand how important fundraisers such as himself are in achieving the charity’s aim of saving lives around the coast.

Alex set out from Minnis Bay three years ago on his marathon walk and Margate lifeboat station was his first stop. Together with local supporters and crew members from some of the stations he visited, Margate’s lifeboat crew were on hand to welcome him back home and accompany him for the final (short!) stretch of the walk. So far Alex has raised around £70,000 and hopes to reach £90,000 representing £10 for each mile he walked.

It is not too late to donate to help Alex achieve his hard-earned target, follow this link to help!

Peter Barker, Margate RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Lifeboat crews rely totally on the efforts of fundraisers and supporters like Alex but his sacrificing three years of his life to raise funds is just remarkable to say the least. Taking him along on one of our exercises to see where the money goes is but a very small way of saying thank you.’

A photo of Alex along with the lifeboat crew can be downloaded from our facebook page 'RNLI Margate Lifeboat'



RNLI Media contacts

  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07974 064304

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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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