12 Jan 2018

After three years and 9,500 miles, Alex Ellis-Roswell is finally home


Raised in the seaside town of Margate, Alex Ellis-Roswell saw the bravery of the Royal National Lifeboat Crew every day. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They cover an incredible 19,000 miles of coastline, rescuing about 23 people every single day. And all without any government funding.

In 2014, inspired by his late father’s philanthropic spirit, Alex decided it was time to make a difference. And armed with his RNLI collection tin, he set off to walk the coastline of the British Isles. All 9,500 miles of it.

So far, Alex has raised over £72,000 of his £95,000 target for the RNLI and has visited every RNLI lifeboat station along the way. “Meeting so many of the volunteers who make up this charity is what kept me motivated. These ordinary men and women give up so much of their time and often put themselves in harm’s way to help other people. It's inspiring.”

Alex chose MyDonate because unlike most other sites, it doesn’t take commission, so more money goes to charity. MyDonate’s 0% commission on donations means that aside from credit and debit card fees, all the money he has raised will go directly to the RLNI. To date Alex’s fundraising is the equivalent of donating five full all-weather lifeboat crew kits, a D class lifeboat and fully equipping 13 lifeguards to carry out their vital lifesaving work.

“It's really important to me that there is greater transparency when someone donates to a charity and they know where their money is going,” says Alex. “I'm so grateful for all the support MyDonate has given me so far over the past three years and because it is commission-free, using it means more money goes to the RNLI.”

To support Alex and to donate to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/longwalkround.

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