25th September 2014
The RNLI’s Cowes station has welcomed a walker who has set himself the extraordinary task of visiting all the charity’s stations around the coast of Britain.
Twenty-four year old Alexander Ellis-Roswell began his fund-raising foot-slog at Margate, and the brief stop-off at Cowes meant that he had already visited 20 lifeboat stations and covered 400 miles. He estimates that he will have to walk a total of 6,500 miles and visit nearly 200 stations to complete his task, and reckons it could well take two years. “My first target is to at least reach St Ives, Cornwall, by Christmas,” he said. “I could get there sooner, but I am not in a hurry.”
The heavy rucksack he carries on his back ensures that unless some well-wisher provides accommodation he is fully equipped to camp out each night. Alexander explained he was able to afford to go walk-about in this way after saving money from an advertising business he ran in Canterbury. “Ever since being brought up near Margate I have had a great deal of admiration for the RNLI,”
After posing for a photograph next to the Cowes station’s Atlantic 85, Sheena Louise, Alexander was off again – first stop the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat Centre at East Cowes and then on to Bembridge Lifeboat Station, having already stopped off at the Yarmouth station.
Alexander’s progress can be found on twitter: @EllisRoswell
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.
Photo Credit: RNLI/Cowes