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Fundraiser on epic RNLI charity walk reaches Norfolk

Lifeboats News Release

Alex Ellis-Roswell is walking round the coastline of Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man to raise money for his favourite charity - the RNLI

Alex Ellis-Roswell on his walk


Alex Ellis-Roswell on his walk

Having already raised more than £60,000 and covered more than 9,000 miles, now he is in Norfolk and he hopes to visit the 6 lifeboat stations along the 100 miles of Norfolk coastline.

Alex left Hunstanton on the morning of Tuesday 5 September and arrived at Wells RNLI Lifeboat Station at 7.30pm just before rain arrived. That same night he stopped over in Wells, having a short rest and being looked after by the lifeboat crew and supporters.

He endured blisters a swollen ankle, along with various other injuries and chicken pox along the way and more than once he’s felt like giving up but he says he’s been buoyed up by the people he’s met.

He will be walking from Wells to Sheringham today, Wednesday 6 September, along the coastal path and encourages anyone meeting him in his distinctive yellow jacket and beard, to say hello and to make a donation.

Alex said: 'Since I started walking I've met thousands of RNLI lifeboat volunteers. Inspiring people who, together, rescue on average 23 people every single day. They're ordinary people doing extraordinary things.'

His walk began on 3 August 2014 when he left his home in Kent to begin his epic journey around England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. Now the end is in sight.

He continued: 'My aim is to raise £10 for every mile I walk' and so far he has raised more than £60,000.

You can help Alex in his task by donating to and follow him on his website

Meanwhile, over the weekend, the Barley Brigg Morris Dancers have been entertaining crowds at Fakenham, Walsingham, Blakeney and Wells and raised £595 for lifeboat funds. Also on Saturday, Wells Lifeboat Guild hosted a concert by the Lewisham Symphonic Concert Band at St Nicholas Church in Wells and raised £767 for the RNLI.

RNLI media contacts

  • John Mitchell, Wells-Next-the-Sea Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
    01328 710882 / 07831103166 /
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East), 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
    0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 /
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
Alex Ellis-Roswell with lifeboat crew at Wells RNLI


Alex Ellis-Roswell with lifeboat crew at Wells RNLI

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