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 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 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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Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland