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Interview opportunity with extraordinary RNLI fundraiser Alex Ellis-Roswell

Lifeboats News Release

After three years, almost 9,500 miles and nine pairs of boots, Alex Ellis Roswell's epic journey around the coast of the UK and Ireland has reached London.

Alex Ellis-Roswell with RNLI crew members


Alex Ellis-Roswell with RNLI crew members

Three years ago 21 year old Alex Ellis-Roswell left his home in Kent to walk the length of the UK coastline to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and pay tribute to his late father.

He left his job, gave notice on his flat and walked out with only what he carried on his back.

On his travels he has been chased by bulls and met Princess Anne. He has slept in doorways, sheep sheds and bird hides and already raised more than £60,000 for the RNLI. Alex’s target is now £95,000, which represents £10 for every mile he is walked.

He has also slept in a tent he carries with him - or relied on the kindness of strangers. He's often been put up by lifeboat crew or supporters who have met him along the way.

Once his journey was underway he decided he might as well add in the coast of the Republic of Ireland as well and is close to having visited almost every one of the charity’s 239 Lifeboat Stations.

Now 24, his incredible journey will now continue into the heart of the capital as he walks inland along the Thames to visit the four RNLI stations that lie along the historic river: Gravesend, Teddington, Chiswick and the RNLI’s busiest station, Tower.

To support Alex go to: and follow him on his website: or on Twitter: @ELLISROSWELL

To view a short film on Alex’s extraordinary journey by Hunstanton RNLI crew and film-maker Peter Naylor, use the following link to the RNLI’s facebook page.

Two photos attached. Alex Ellis-Roswell and Alex with lifeboat crew. Please credit RNLI

Note to Editors:

During his time in London Alex is taking a week’s rest from walking giving an ideal opportunity for media interviews.

Alex will be available for interview between Tuesday 10 October and Tuesday 17 October.

He will begin the final leg of his walk around the coast on Wednesday 18 October when he will be walking from Southwark Bridge to Chiswick Lifeboat Station.

On route he will be stopping off at the RNLI’s busiest lifeboat station, Tower by Waterloo Bridge and walking along the river past many of London’s iconic landmarks including St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and Tate Britain.

For interviews or to arrange filming with Alex during his walk through the heart of London call:

  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252,

  • Alex Ellis-Roswell (07447) 524971

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

RNLI online: For more information on the RNLI please visit News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI News Centre.

Alex Ellis-Roswell


Alex Ellis-Roswell

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