RNLI charity walker passes Scottish border to last leg of 9,500 mile fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 19th July RNLI charity walker Alex Ellis-Roswell completed the Scottish leg of his walk round the coast of Britain and Ireland.

Alex leaving Scotland to being the final leg of his journey


Alex leaving Scotland to being the final leg of his journey

When Alex reached the English/Scottish border 6 miles south of Eyemouth he said, 'Scotland has proven to be one of the most challenging years of my whole walk. I was up in the Outer Hebrides this winter where winds reached over 100mph. I've fallen and fractured my ankle. I've walked through hurricanes and through the vast Highlands landscape.

'But despite the challenges, I've fallen in love with Scotland. The hospitality and generosity of all the communities I've walked through has blown me away. I couldn't have done it without that support. The most important thing I want to say is thank you.'

Alex started walking the 9500 mile coast of Britain and Ireland on 3rd August 2014. He's been walking nonstop ever since.

He undertook the challenge to raise money for the RNLI. The RNLI is a charity that operates 238 lifeboat stations around Britain and Ireland and relies entirely on volunteers and donations to save an average of 23 lives every single day. Alex is walking to all 238 lifeboat stations and has already raised nearly £60,000.

'There's no doubt all the lifeboat volunteers are heroes' says Alex. 'I must have met over one thousand volunteers by now. Their dedication, sacrifice and bravery is an inspiration. And the fact I've managed to raise so much money to support them says to me how much respect people have for the volunteer crews and what they do for us.

'It's unfortunate there's so much bad news in the world right now. But here are thousands of men and women, from all different backgrounds, coming together to help others. It restores your faith in humanity.'

Alex's walk started from his hometown in Margate, Kent on the south east coast of England. From there he walked west along the south coast and spent his first winter walking around the Cornish coast. He then walked up the Welsh coast and back into England.

When Alex made it to Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway in July 2015 he got a ferry to Belfast and started his 2,500 mile walk round the coast of Ireland. He completed Ireland and was back in Scotland in August 2016. That's when Alex started walking up the west coast towards the Outer Hebrides where he spent Christmas and New Years Eve.

Alex hopes to have finished the last 1,000 miles of his walk down the east coast of England by November this year. When he finishes back where he started in Kent, Alex will have been walking for over 3 years and taken over 20 million footsteps.

If you would like to donate to RNLI Lifeboats you can do so online here: www.bt.com/DonateToLifeboats

And you can follow and support Alex on his Facebook profile here:

Notes to Editor

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 island lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree.

- Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 200 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK in 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.

- RNLI News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre – www.rnli.org/news-and-media

RNLI media contacts

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Alex on Berwick-Upon-Tween lifeboat


Alex on Berwick-Upon-Tween lifeboat
Alex with some of the crew


Alex with some of the crew

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. 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 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.