And I would walk 9,500 miles...
There was an enthusiastic welcome by Aberdeen’s lifeboat crew when Alex Ellis-Roswell arrived in the Granite City on the latest leg of his 9,500-mile charity hike linking all of the RNLI’s 237 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland coasts.
Aberdeen Lifeboat crew members, in their distinctive yellow gear, gathered on the city’s beach esplanade to welcome Alex to the city, before walking with him to the Lifeboat Station where a welcome meal had been prepared for him.
Alex, from Canterbury in Kent, set off on his mammoth journey in 2014. He has already walked over 8,000 miles and exceeded his original £50,000 fund-raising goal.
“People are so generous,” says Alex. “Everywhere I go people are coming out to give money or to donate on the MyDonate page at www.bt.com/donatetolifeboats . It costs £180 million a year to run the RNLI and almost all of it has to be raised from charitable donations. I hope my walk will help raise that money, but also raise awareness of the vital lifesaving work the RNLI does.”
Davie Orr, coxswain of Aberdeen Lifeboat, welcomed Alex Ellis-Roswell to Aberdeen: “What Alex is doing is extraordinary. The crew volunteer their time when needed, but Alex has set aside more than 2 years of his life to raise money and awareness for the RNLI. It’s awesome!”
Alex will be giving his feet a rest for a couple of days in Aberdeen before continuing his journey down the east coast. He expects to reach Stonehaven Lifeboat Station on Sunday 18th June, carrying on to arrive at Montrose Lifeboat Station on Tuesday 20th June.
You can follow Alex’s journey on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alexellisroswell
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.