RNLI charity walker Alex Ellis-Roswell arrives in Wells on 9,500 mile epic challenge
PUBLISHED: 13:51 08 September 2017
A man who has been walking around the coast of the UK and Ireland for three years has visited Wells-next-the-Sea.
Alex Ellis-Roswell has raised over £60,000 for the RNLI by challenging himself to walk the entire British and Irish coastline.
The distance, of over 9,500 miles, has taken him since August 2014.
And he still has a way to go, including walking all the way up and down the River Thames, as he attempts to visit every lifeboat station in the country.
He will visit the six lifeboat stations along the one hundred miles of Norfolk coastline, and has already stopped at lifeboat stations in Hunstanton, Wells, and Cromer.
The determined fundraiser arrived in Well-next-the-Sea at around 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 5, just before it began to rain, and was shown around the lifeboat station and crew room by the Wells crew.
Peter Rainsford, chairman and deputy-launching authority of Wells lifeboat, said: “We were very pleased to meet him, and what he’s doing is incredible.
“He arrived just before the heavens opened, and strolled into sight when the beach was pretty deserted and cloudy.
“He’s a young man who’s set off to do an amazing thing. It’s a cause very close to my heart, so well done to Alex.”
Mr Ellis-Roswell was offered a nights accommodation in Sheringham before continuing his walk.
Mr Rainsford added that the Wells lifeboat station, which has been fundraising for a new lifeboat and boathouse, will “inevitably benefit” from the money Alex’s walk has raised.
He also thanked the volunteers, for giving all the time and energy they can, “so that we can be ready to launch at a moment’s notice”.
Mr Ellis-Roswell said: “Since I started walking I’ve met thousands of RNLI lifeboat volunteers”.
He described them as: “inspiring people who rescue on average 23 people every single day. They’re ordinary people doing extraordinary things”.
His aim is to raise £10 for every mile he walks, which will be a total of £95,000, making every blister, swollen ankle, and injury he’s endured worth it.