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A man who is walking the coastlines of Britain and Ireland to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution has now reached Lewis.

Young Rory donates as Alex passes through Seilebost

Alex Ellis-Roswell left his home in Margate, Kent, in August 2014, and began his 9,500 miles fundraising adventure.


He has now walked over 6,000 miles around the coasts of England, Wales, Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland; and has another 3,000 miles to go down the east side of the UK.


This month he adds 350 miles to his total as he walks the Hebridean highways. He covered Vatersay at Christmas and set off north from Castlebay at New Year, making his way up through the Uists and Harris.


He has now arrived in Lewis and is heading for Ness before turning round to walk back down the island chain again.


Alex has been delighted by the Hebridean hospitality he has received, with many well-wishers offering accommodation, food support and donations, including young Rory from West Harris (pictured above) who Alex says ‘came running down the driveway’ to put some money in his lifeboat bucket.


Alex said: “I’ve never walked somewhere so remote and yet felt so safe and surrounded by good people.”


He added: “I’ve already raised over £30,000 for RNLI lifeboats.  People in Scotland have been amazing so far. We raised a lot of cash for lifeboat stations in 2016! Let’s keep this going for 2017.”


You can donate to Alex’s RNLI fundraiser online at



Charity fundraiser on epic walk for RNLI  

17 January 2017