Warm welcome from Southend volunteer lifeboat crews for marathon fundraiser Alex

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on Sea's RNLI lifeboat station volunteers eagerly awaited the arrival of Alex Ellis-Roswell on Sunday afternoon (1 October). Alex is on the last leg of a marathon 9,500 mile fundraising walk for the RNLI.

Alex Ellis-Roswell at Southend Lifeboat Station


Alex Ellis-Roswell at Southend Lifeboat Station

Alex, 24, a sheep farmer from Canterbury, started his walk from Margate on 3 August, 2014 aged 21 as a tribute to his late father. The idea came as many do, over a pint with mates in the local pub, with Alex deciding that he wanted to do something positive for charity and put something back into the community.

With an interest in boating within the family, the RNLI, the charity that 'Saves lives at Sea' was an obvious choice.

The walk covering the 9,500miles, around more than 230 RNLI stations in the UK and Ireland, has seen Alex wear through nine pairs of boots along the way and raising £60,000 to date, with hopefully a £95,000 target being reached. As he says: 'That would make it a nice £10-00 per mile'.

Alex has stayed in churches, shelters, as well as many lifeboat stations along the way, reaching Southend Lifeboat Station via Wallasea Island, Rochford, after leaving Burnham-on-Crouch lifeboat station earlier in the morning.

Members of Southend Lifeboat Station took him for a quick celebration pint, before a meal out, a good night’s rest and a hearty full English breakfast to help him on his way on to the London lifeboat stations the next morning.

Alex explained that he had 'met many enthusiastic and unassuming people along the way, whether it be lifeboat volunteers or other members of the public, at a time when people have such busy lives, I was most grateful for their support'.

'The marathon walk will finish at Minnis Bay, near Margate, Kent on Saturday 11th November and I am sure Alex will receive a really warm welcome.' said Southend Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Den Freeman. 'The best of luck Alex from all at Southend Lifeboat Station'.

Alex can be contacted via Facebook at facebook.comalexellisroswell and donations can be made at bt.com/donatetolifeboats.

RNLI media contacts:

  • Denis Freeman - Southend Lifeboat Station Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer. Tel - 07710406661, sue-den-adwalk@blueyonder.co.uk
  • Paul Dunt, Press Officer(London/ South East) Tel- 0207 6207416 / 07786668825 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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